Look Back in Anger Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To where does Jimmy say Helena wants to take Alison back?

2. What instrument is Jimmy playing?

3. What does Jimmy think is bad quality in this chapter?

4. What is Jimmy listening to on the radio?

5. What part of Alison does Cliff kiss?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Jimmy and Helena's relationship seem more affectionate then Jimmy and Alison's relationship?

2. How does Alison show her weak character in the final scene?

3. What reasons does Alison give for marrying Jimmy?

4. In what way could it be said Jimmy has an era crisis rather than an identity crisis?

5. How does Jimmy persuade Alison to stay?

6. What are Jimmy's criticisms of Alison's brother Nigel?

7. How does Jimmy react to Alison's sudden arrival?

8. How does the Colonel describe Alison and himself?

9. In what way does Jimmy try to put himself center of attention even while he is not in the room?

10. How does Jimmy react to Cliff's declaration that he is leaving?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Osborne use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 2

Why did Look Back In Anger make such an impact when it was first released? In what way was it different from other plays released up to that point? In what way did Look Back In Anger revolutionize British theater at that time?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the structure of the play.

1) How does Osbourne use character and dialogue to drive the narrative.

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the play's themes?

3) Away from the main character, examine the way Osborne uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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