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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. What is the modern day religion closest to existentialism?
(a) Catholicism.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Islam.
(d) Buddhism.

2. Before Zuss can shout out his faith in J.B.'s faith, Nickles asks him what question?
(a) Why J.B. has to experience pain.
(b) Why J.B. has to have faith.
(c) Why J.B. has to die.
(d) Why J.B. has to suffer.

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

4. J.B.'s song at the end of Scene 1represents what?
(a) The motive of the play.
(b) The mood of the play.
(c) The tone of the play.
(d) The theme of the play.

5. Why do J.B. and Sarah wait to call the police?
(a) They thought they could find her on their own.
(b) They thought nothing was wrong.
(c) They thought she would simply come home.
(d) They thought she was at a friend's house.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Prologue, man is compared to a wingless, sightless insect that does what?

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

3. J.B. represents what side of belief in God?

4. How many maids wait near the table that J.B. and his family are sitting at?

5. J.B. sings a song that says, "To be, become, and end are all _____."

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Sarah and J.B.'s reactions to the death of David?

2. When the maids bring out the food, what do the children and J.B. say?

3. What is Zuss' answer to why J.B. has to suffer?

4. How do the young girl and women describe the Three Comforters?

5. What do Zuss and Nickles become instruments of at the end of Scene 7?

6. When J.B. and Sarah try to figure out why they had children killed by a drunk driver, what does J.B. say to answer Sarah's question of why God did this to them?

7. What does Zuss tell Nickles that there is left to complete in the story, when Nickles says that there couldn't possibly be more?

8. What is the conflict that J.B. and Sarah represent?

9. What is an allegory?

10. Why does Zuss think that nothing would influence the way J.B. acts, and that certainly being poor will not influence him?

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