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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. What did Val do whenever paper money was dropped in the kitty?

2. Who does Beulah say burned down the wine garden?

3. What does Jabe do to summon Lady upstairs?

4. What did Lady's father do after Prohibition set in?

5. What song does Val play in Act 1 Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lady feel disappointed in Val in Act 2 Scene 3? Why does he feel disappointed in her?

2. What does Carol try to convince Val to help her with? Why?

3. What does Lady compare her body to in Act 3 Scene 3 when talking to Val?

4. Describe Jabe's appearance upon returning from the hospital.

5. What happens when the Conjure Man appears in the beginning of Act 3 Scene 3?

6. What does the Nurse accuse Lady of before leaving?

7. In what time and place is Orpheus Descending set?

8. Who does Carol make a phone call to in Act 1 Scene 1? Why?

9. What does Lady tell David in Act 2? How does he react?

10. Explain Vee's feelings about painting.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is Tennessee Williams' own life reflected in Orpheus Descending? What major themes are common in Williams' work and why does he repeat these themes? How do they relate to the author's experiences?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the use of Christian imagery and symbolism in the play. What do Val's visions relate to the reader about the action of the play? How does the Christ figure relate to Val?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Beulah and Carol. How are they similar? How do they differ? How do these characters feel about each other?

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