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. How old was Val when he met a girl on the bayou?

2. Who has been struck blind in Act 3?

3. How is the woman who complained about Val described?

4. What has happened to Jabe between Act 3 Scene 2 and Scene 3?

5. When does the Sheriff tell Val to leave by?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of Rebirth in Orpheus Descending. What symbols represent this theme? What motifs exemplify it? What imagery?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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