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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. J.B. says that when he was a kid, the light of ______ was the light of God.
(a) The moon.
(b) The sun.
(c) Day.
(d) Evening.

2. What does Mr. Zuss sell?
(a) Candy.
(b) Balloons.
(c) Animals.
(d) Popcorn.

3. 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.

4. What is Sarah arranging on the table when she and J.B. notice two drunk soldiers across the street?
(a) Napkins.
(b) Silverware.
(c) Place settings.
(d) Flowers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Allegory is a form of extended ______.

2. To Zuss and Nickles, J.B. is playing a role in deciding the argument between what two entities?

3. Where is the story of Job found?

4. Existentialism is a philosophical movement of what century?

5. Mr. Nickles and Mr. Zuss, in the Prologue, describe the stage as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Sarah and J.B. are arguing over what subject at Thanksgiving?

3. What do J.B. and Sarah feel, even when they sleep?

4. Why does Nickles think that God is laughing at Job?

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

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

7. What does placing the conflict of faith and fear in the relationship of a husband and wife suggest?

8. Why is Nickles complaining in the beginning of Scene 8?

9. What is Zophar's argument about why J.B. is guilty?

10. When Zuss says that it is indecent to laugh at God, what does Nickles say?

(see the answer keys)

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