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. Who spits in the jar to provide a sputum sample?

2. Who enters the room as Barbara is preparing the insulin injection?

3. Who is the chief of surgery who comes in the room looking for one of the doctors?

4. Which of the following does Barbara NOT do after Ferguson leaves his office?

5. What does Shorty ask Pete if he can borrow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting of Act 3?

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

3. How does Laura chastise her father for smoking?

4. How does Hochberg try to tell Laura that Ferguson will not have much time for her if he is to become the excellent doctor he is capable of becoming?

5. What shocking thing does Barbara say before she falls unconscious?

6. What is the symbolism of Laura's grabbing Ferguson's arm, making him unsterile?

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

8. What is the significance of the discussion about young doctors between Hochberg and McCabe?

9. What are some of the other elements that are foreshadowed in this scene?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of women is a main topic addressed in this story. Explain the theme that extends through all the female characters. What is the presumed role of women in America during the 1930s? Explain by giving examples.

Essay Topic 2

The setting of the book is New York City in America during the height of the Great Depression. Explain how this affected people in America overall. Then drill down to explain how people in New York, and especially the hospital, were affected.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of men in the 1930s when the men in the play are living their adult lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century men do not have?

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