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 interrupts the intense conversation between Laura and Ferguson?

2. In what room does Act 1, Scene 1 take place?

3. What is of concern on the x-ray that Dr. Levine has brought in to Dr. Hochberg?

4. What choice does Levine have second thoughts about?

5. What does Ferguson advise Levine to do for his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author show what could happen to Ferguson by revealing Levine's situation?

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

3. How does the author establish Ferguson's character in Act 1, Scene 3?

4. How does the author introduce the character of Laura into the play?

5. What does the mention of Barbara's abortion foreshadow for Ferguson?

6. What is the dramatic point that is illuminated in Act 3?

7. What happens that Cunningham threatens to have Ferguson brought up on disciplinary charges?

8. Why has Ferguson decided to go into private practice instead of studying with Hochberg?

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

10. What startling statement does Laura make to Ferguson about his work and their life together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Laura. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her, if anything, at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Dr. Hochberg. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him, if anything, at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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