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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Zuss and Nickles are arguing about the role of suffering in J.B.'s life, they are ______ to the story of Job in the Bible.
(a) Colluding.
(b) Alluding.
(c) Sympathizing.
(d) Citing.

2. How many children do J.B. and Sarah have?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) Six.

3. How many of J.B.'s children are in a car that is hit by a drunk driver?
(a) Five.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

4. The lesson of the allegory that this play represents is that we can face whatever happens with acceptance and grace. Which character represents this viewpoint?
(a) J.B..
(b) Nickles.
(c) Zuss.
(d) Sarah.

5. To Zuss and Nickles, J.B. is playing a role in deciding the argument between what two entities?
(a) Good and evil.
(b) Fear and faith.
(c) God and Satan.
(d) Praise and thanks.

6. The second traditional aspect of man's relationship with God is fear of His _________.
(a) Punishment.
(b) Power.
(c) Vengeance.
(d) Retribution.

7. Sarah sings a song to the children that wonders what?
(a) Where wishes go once they are wished.
(b) Where prayers go when they are made.
(c) Where the days go when they're over.
(d) Where the sun goes when it goes down.

8. Nickles says that the real reason for suffering is to learn that everything ends in what?
(a) Death and emptiness.
(b) Death and pity.
(c) Death and sorrow.
(d) Death and dirt.

9. What does the First Messenger do when the Second Messenger tells J.B. and Sarah that their children are dead because of a drunk driver?
(a) Interview them for a news video.
(b) Take notes.
(c) Snap pictures.
(d) Record with a video camera.

10. When Mr. Zuss says that the world is a great place, what does Mr. Nickles say it is?
(a) A garbage dump.
(b) A dung-heap.
(c) A waste land.
(d) A trash pile.

11. Zuss says that ______ will enable J.B. to see God more clearly.
(a) Pain.
(b) Pleasure.
(c) Praise.
(d) Suffering.

12. When the writer uses words that begin with the same sound to get the attention of the reader, it is called what?
(a) Dissonance.
(b) Alliteration.
(c) Consonance.
(d) Analogy.

13. How long is J.B.'s grace at the meal in Scene 1?
(a) Long-winded.
(b) Very brief.
(c) Long enough.
(d) Of moderate length.

14. How many meanings does an allegorical story have?
(a) Five.
(b) One.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

15. In the Prologue, man is compared to a wingless, sightless insect that does what?
(a) Lands and gets run over by a car.
(b) Bangs itself against a window pane.
(c) Slams itself into a windshield.
(d) Gets squashed by the boot of someone larger.

Short Answer Questions

1. There are two traditional aspects of man's relationship with God as portrayed in the story. The first is ______ in God's love.

2. What word characterizes Zuss' and Nickles' thoughts about J.B.'s acting abilities?

3. What does Mr. Nickles sell?

4. Mr. Nickles and Mr. Zuss, in the Prologue, say that the audience is what?

5. At the end of Scene 2, after Zuss and Nickles quote lines, the lights change and the audience is taken where?

(see the answer keys)

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