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 Lady say about the dogs barking in Act 2 Scene 3?

2. What does Lady refuse to give her word to the Town Women about?

3. What does Val do at the end of Act 2 Scene 3?

4. What does Vee say she was born with?

5. Who enters sobbing in Act 3 Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of individuality versus repression in Orpheus Descending. Which characters are considered non-conventional? Which characters represent a conventional or repressed viewpoint?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the imagery that Lady uses to define herself. How does the monkey relate to Lady? How does the fig tree?

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