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Orpheus Descending Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Discuss how Orpheus Descending retells the legend of the demigod Orpheus. What similarities do the stories share? How do they differ?

Describe the character of Val and explain what characteristics he has which make him a classical Tragic Hero. Define Tragic Hero in your answer.

Describe the use of snake and reptile imagery in the play. What does Carol's last line mean? Paraphrase this line in your answer and describe how it relates to Val.

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