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. Where does Laura say she is going as she prepares to leave Ferguson?

2. What is the setting for Act 1, Scene 1?

3. Why does Barbara say she won't be able to get a good night's sleep?

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

5. Why does Barbara come to Ferguson's office?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hochberg's role with the other doctors and what advice does Levine give Ferguson about his experience with the man?

2. How does Ferguson learn that he was the father of Barbara's baby?

3. How does Ferguson try to appease Laura after breaking their party plans?

4. In what ways does the author show that Ferguson's true calling is medicine?

5. How is Laura positioned in the operating room?

6. Why is Spencer unnerved about the rejection of a senator's son into the internship program?

7. How does the author show Hudson's personality type through his actions in the hospital room?

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

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

10. What can be gleaned from Ferguson's rhetorical question about why this bad situation with Barbara is happening to him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

MEN IN WHITE is a classic story of remaining true to yourself. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category. Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Cunningham. What are their roles within the story? Why is there such animosity between the two? Does their level of success create more competition between them than with any of the other men? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

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