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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. Why does Loomis say he can't stand up?

2. How does Jeremy say Mattie treats him?

3. Has Seth been successful finding funding for his business?

4. Where does Herald Loomis hang around?

5. What does Bynum say he has a woman in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Loomis' reaction to walking in on the Juba?

2. What does Bynum describe his father doing that made a fuss?

3. What does Selig tell Bynum on his second visit about Bynum's "shiny man"?

4. What does Martha say happened to her when Herald was taken away?

5. How did Seth and Bertha come to have an empty room when Martha first came to the boardinghouse?

6. How does Jeremy and Mattie's relationship progress?

7. What does Molly say about her father?

8. What is the first thing Loomis describes about his vision?

9. What act does Loomis take to free himself and start anew?

10. Describe what Reuben says he still has from Eugene and what he plans to do with it.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of being trapped in a relationship in the play.

1) Why do men leave women in the play? Why does Jack leave Mattie? Why did Bynum leave his woman?

2) What makes a character stay in a relationship? Is a relationship always a kind of entrapment in the play?

3) Why do women want men to stay in the play? How is Molly's attitude different than Mattie's? Would Molly feel trapped in a relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Disuss the losing of others in the play.

1) Why do characters need each other and find themselves bound together in the play?

2) Why do characters, such as Jack and Martha, leave others in the play? What is the significance to the leaver, and what is the significance to the one who is left?

3) Once a person in the play has lost another, is it possible to reclaim that lost person? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of women in the play.

1) Discuss Molly's attitude toward sex, money, and freedom. Where does this attitude come from? Is Molly healthier or happier than the other women in the play?

2) Discuss Mattie's reliance on a man in the play. Why does she need a relationship and children?

3) Discuss Bertha's role in the play. Why is Bertha always shown in the kitchen, cooking? What role does she have in her marriage with Seth? Is their relationship a healthy one?

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