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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The argument of the play is that the only way to live and transcend suffering is through what?

2. How many meanings does an allegorical story have?

3. Whose story do Mr. Nickles and Mr. Zuss portray on the stage?

4. What are Zuss and Nickles holding while they watch Sarah and J.B. realize their son is dead?

5. When Mr. Nickles and Mr. Zuss step onto the stage, who is Mr. Zuss going to play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the blossoms on Sarah's twig at the end of the play represent?

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

6. How does Sarah compare J.B. and the children's views of blessings?

7. Why, in Scene 7, is Nickles angry at J.B.'s experiences?

8. What does Bildad say about J.B.'s claim of innocence?

9. When Nickles says that Zuss should look pleased because J.B. is playing the role Zuss wanted him to, what is Zuss' response?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using specific examples from the play, explain the significance of the ladder that Zuss and Nickles climb during the play.

Essay Topic 2

Who are the Three Comforters and what viewpoints do they represent? Support your answer with specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether the existence of God is beyond debate for the characters. Compare and contrast at least three different character's views on the issue, and use examples from the play to support your answers.

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