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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The name "Zuss" resembles what god from Ancient Greece?
(a) Zathena.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Zusstifer.
(d) Zussnice.

2. What kind of mask is Mr. Nickles supposed to wear?
(a) A mask depicting evil and hatred.
(b) A mask depicting discontent and hatred.
(c) A mask depicting laughter and disgust.
(d) A mask depicting smirking and disgust.

3. Existentialism says that life is mainly full of what?
(a) Heartache.
(b) Suffering.
(c) Trials.
(d) Pain.

4. There are two traditional aspects of man's relationship with God as portrayed in the story. The first is ______ in God's love.
(a) Certainty.
(b) Belief.
(c) Faith.
(d) Joy.

5. When Mr. Nickles and Mr. Zuss step onto the stage, who is Mr. Zuss going to play?
(a) Satan.
(b) God.
(c) St. Peter.
(d) Angels.

Short Answer Questions

1. The scene between the family shows the _____ between J.B. and Sarah about their beliefs.

2. What color are the uniforms of the concession vendors?

3. Where does Sarah believe that blessings come from?

4. When the writer uses words that begin with the same sound to get the attention of the reader, it is called what?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the debate over whether J.B. knows he is an actor suggest?

2. Why are Zuss and Nickles unable to put on their masks in Scene 7?

3. Why does J.B. tell Sarah not to ask each child if they thanked God?

4. What is the story of Job about?

5. How does Sarah suggest that she and J.B. see into the darkness on the other side of the door?

6. What does Nickles think would make a difference in J.B.'s performance of Job?

7. How does Scene 2 reinforce the idea that this play, and the biblical story, are allegories?

8. What is Sarah suggesting when she says that they "blow on the coal of the heart?"

9. Who is Mr. Nickles?

10. When Sarah returns to J.B., what does she tell him is the reason she left him?

(see the answer keys)

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