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. How many lives does Lady say was lost in the orchard fire?

3. How much does Val get paid weekly at the store?

4. What is Lady's last name?

5. How does Val say he used to think people got to know each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how the ending of Orpheus Descending reflects the exposition presented in the prologue? How is Val's death like that of Lady's father?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the story of the birds told to Lady by Val in the play. What does this story symbolize? What foreshadowing is within this story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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