Orpheus Descending Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Carol wear when she enters in Act 3 Scene 3?

2. What does Val remark about Lady's skin?

3. Where did Val grow up?

4. What does Carol say that this country used to be?

5. Who enters from upstairs when the Town Men are threatening Val?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Discuss the role of Music in Orpheus Descending. What role does Music and Art play in the themes of this play? Who represents music and art?

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