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 kind of animal does Cliff call himself?

2. What instrument is Jimmy playing?

3. What does Alison say seems to burn about Jimmy?

4. Who does Helena say she has wired?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Hugh Tanner?

2. In what way is Helena different from Alison?

3. Why does Jimmy dislike the church?

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

5. Why does Alison think that Jimmy married her?

6. What similarity does Act Three, Scene One have with the opening scene?

7. How does the Colonel describe Alison and himself?

8. Describe the three main characters.

9. How does Alison react to her father's apology?

10. How does the Colonel analyze the situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look Back In Anger is seen as the starting point for a movement coined by the press as the Angry Young Man.

1) In what way is Jimmy Porter the archetypal Angry Young Man?

2) Why is it so important to the play that Jimmy Porter is a working class character?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the values of 1950's Britain.

1) Why was the issue of class such an important issue at that time?

2) In what ways are the characters' negative characteristics a product of their time? Do you think Britain was going through a transitional phase in the 1950's? What significant changes do you think occurred during this period?

3) Does modern society share any values with 1950's Britain?

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