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. Where did Val grow up?

2. Who does Lady say is not welcome in the store?

3. What does Lady suggest to the Nurse in Act 3 Scene 3?

4. What does Vee say that Lady and Jabe have never darkened?

5. What does Lady tell David that she "never told him before"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Williams wrote in his introduction to the play that Orpheus Descending is about "unanswered questions that haunt the hearts of people." Some of the characters simply accept prescribed answers, but not the four main characters -- Val, Lady, Carol, and Vee. They continue to ask questions. What might those questions be, and what answers, if any, do these characters find?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Lady's relationship with David. What happened and when did this take place? How does Lady feel about David now?

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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