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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who are the two characters in the furnace room when Pavlo first enters?
2. What is the second question to Pavlo from Ardell?
3. What does Pavlo shout out at the end of Act 1, Part 4?
4. What is Pavlo wearing when Ardell shouts at him to get up from under the blanket?
5. What age does Pavlo remember being while holding the grenade?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Pavlo's answer Kress regarding stealing and how does this provide an insight into Pavlo's egocentric nature?
2. Theorize on the effect that the two stabbings have on Pavlo in Act 2, Part 3.
3. How has Pavlo dealt with struggles concerning his family/social relations? Could it be surmised that the "wound" Towers is referring to may also relate to Pavlo's wounds of the ill-effects of poor relationships throughout his life? How?
4. How does Pavlo's egocentrism and immaturity play a part in misleading him from the identity he so strongly desires?
5. What may be the significance or playwright's purpose for Pavlo realizing he's dead so far along into the play and after the climax?
6. Compare and explain the relationship of Pavlo's enthusiasm for killing and what happens to Parham in Act 2, Part 4.
7. The image of the closed coffin is the final component of the play's collage, the last piece of the puzzle that once was Pavlo's life. Describe it's effects, and comment on the general purpose of the play overall.
8. Using the fragmentary nature of the plot line thus far as a platform, describe the impression it has on the way by which the audience will begin to learn about the main character.
9. Although Kress seems to be convinced that Pavlo is stupid, is this an accurate assumption? Why or why not?
10. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How are the play's three central elements - style, character, and theme - introduced vividly and succinctly in the opening scenes of this play? Conversely, what form of plot has Rabe employed, and what effect does it have on the audience? Use examples from the book to explain your thoughts, giving a clear outline of the chosen style of plot line.
Essay Topic 2
We see how both aspects to Pavlo's character, his innocence and his fear of helplessness, lead him to a re-definition of identity. Explain this is a thematically relevant aspect to his story using examples from the play.
Essay Topic 3
As new characters are introduced, we begin to realize that many of their names may not have been arbitrarily assigned. That is to say that their names have metaphorical meaning in relation to the plot and setting itself. Write an essay exploring the possible meanings behind 3 or more characters' names in the play and how those names fit the characters' words and/or actions. Conclude by crediting these metaphors to a deeper understanding of Rabe's intention in naming these characters.
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