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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Jean says that in one village six men were laid out ceremonially with what cut off?
(a) Their legs.
(b) Their genitalia.
(c) Their heads.
(d) Their right hands.

2. What is Delia's father's profession?
(a) Surgeon.
(b) Archeologist.
(c) Physiologist.
(d) Professor.

3. From where does Delia ship a trunk to August and Cynthia?
(a) Oran.
(b) Chicago.
(c) Cincinatti.
(d) Iran.

4. Who quotes Aztec poetry in Act 1?
(a) August.
(b) Dan.
(c) Delia.
(d) Cynthia.

5. Which character does August say is coming to stay with them unexpectedly?
(a) Chad.
(b) Kirsten.
(c) Jean.
(d) Delia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Delia say she did after finishing her book?

2. What upsets Delia after the completion of her novel?

3. Who does Kirsten ask Delia about in Act 1 Part 4?

4. How many villagers does Dan say supposedly were in Cahokia?

5. How many summers did August say that they had previously spent excavating at the site in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lanford Wilson's use of narrative in The Mound Builders. In what ways does he choose to reveal the exposition of the play?

2. Where is Chad at the end of the play?

3. How did Jean's experience as a spelling bee champion lead to her current career path? Was this a direct or indirect route?

4. Compare the characters of Jean and Delia. How do they relate to each other? How are they similar? How are they different?

5. What does August suggest to Cynthia regarding Delia in Act 1? Who else has dealt with Delia in this way?

6. What is the outcome of "Legacy" to August at the end of the play? How does this make him a Tragic Hero?

7. How does Chad react to the news of Jean's pregnancy? Why?

8. Which character's father was a physiologist? Describe the father's office from the perspective of that character.

9. How does Delia describe her ex-husband? How old was she when she married him? What was his profession?

10. Where is Dan at the end of The Mound Builders? What is the reaction of the others to this?

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