Men in White Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sidney Kingsley
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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 Ferguson tell Barbara to reassure her?

2. What does Pete eat in Ferguson's office?

3. What was Levine's father's profession?

4. What do Mr. and Mrs. Smith tell Dr. Cunningham about their daughter?

5. Why is Ferguson paged?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the personal crises that Ferguson experiences in Act 2, Scene 4?

2. How does Barbara's butchered abortion add to the ongoing discussion about medical care reform?

3. How is Laura's behavior in Act 3 so out of character for her?

4. Why is Laura so upset that Ferguson has to break their party plans for the evening?

5. How does the author use Laura's transformation to drive home his theme?

6. How is Laura positioned in the operating room?

7. What is the setting of Act 2, Scene 1 and what characters are involved as it begins?

8. How does the author foreshadow the role of the doctors and their spouses in the opening scene of the play?

9. What can now be inferred about what happened between Barbara and Ferguson after the end of Act 1?

10. How does the author show that Barbara is enamored with Ferguson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kingsley is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

Even though they are both young, single women, Laura and Barbara seem very different. Compare and contrast Laura and Barbara. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

Essay Topic 3

Inner conflict takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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