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. What does Jimmy say he would do if Helena slapped him?

2. What kind of animal does Cliff call himself?

3. What is Alison doing at the beginning of the scene?

4. Which member of Alison's family does Jimmy say he would like to see dead?

5. How old are both Cliff and Jimmy?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Helena's statement that Jimmy would feel more comfortable with things during the French Revolution sum up Jimmy as a person?

2. How does Alison think Jimmy will react to her pregnancy?

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

4. What mistakes do the Colonel and Alison admit they have made?

5. Describe the three main characters.

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

7. Describe the character of Helena.

8. In what way is Jimmy's reaction to Cliff's leaving hypocritical?

9. How do Jimmy and Helena react differently to Alison's perceived weaknesses?

10. How does Osborne use loud noises in the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose two characters from the play and compare their differences in terms of class.

1) In what ways do they view life differently?

2) How are the changes in British society affecting their identity?

3) How do they view each others differences?

Essay Topic 2

In 1959 Look Back in Anger was made into a film starring Richard Burton. In what way is the film different from the book? In what ways was the film as influential as the play?

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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