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 say that this country used to be?

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

3. What does the sign say that the Sheriff tells Val about?

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

5. Who takes out a knife in the store with Val?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the use of snake and reptile imagery in the play. What does Carol's last line mean? Paraphrase this line in your answer and describe how it relates to Val.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the concept of revenge as it applies to Orpheus Descending. Which characters want to enact revenge? Why? How? How is this symbolized in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the component of racism in Orpheus Descending. How does it play a role in the action of the play? How does the element of race lend in defining certain characters?

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