Mourning Becomes Electra Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Captain Brant tells Lavinia that the color of her hair reminds him of whom?

2. What is the name of the main character speaking in the first scene of Homecoming?

3. What does Mrs. Hills say kills Ezra?

4. Captain Brant speaks to Lavinia at some length about his love of _______.

5. How long are Ezra and Christine married?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the conversation between Seth and the townspeople in the first scene of the play hint at secrets in the Mannon family?

2. How does Orin die?

3. What does Christine tell Lavinia is the reason they never get along?

4. What condition is Orin in at the beginning of the third play?

5. How does Orin tell Lavinia he is actually wounded in the war?

6. What significant information does Captain Brant learn from the drunken sailor near his ship?

7. Why does Adam Brant tell Lavinia he wants to kill Ezra?

8. What is significant about Play One, Act Two taking place under the watchful eye of Ezra's portrait?

9. Who is David Mannon?

10. How does Ezra describe Orin's condition to Christine when he returns from the war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the thematic points of fate versus free will shown throughout Mourning Becomes Electra.

Essay Topic 2

How do Orin and Lavinia begin to resemble their parents, not only in appearance, but in the very words they speak by the end of the play? What are the thematic implications of this metamorphosis?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Lavinia call the Mannon house the Temple of Hate and Death? What role does religion play in the plot, and most specifically, in the Mannon name itself?

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