Orpheus Descending Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who does Jabe slip up by saying burned down the orchard?

2. Where does Carol say she was the night before in Act 2?

3. Who says, "I don' t like violence"?

4. How old was Val when he left the bayou?

5. What does Sheriff Talbot ask to see of Val's?

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

Orpheus Descending is in part about the place of the artist in society. What role should the artist play? Is the artist always likely to be marginalized, like Val, or misunderstood, like Vee, in a conventional, materialistic society? For what should the artist stand, if anything?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Beulah and Carol. How are they similar? How do they differ? How do these characters feel about each other?

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