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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Act 1, Pegeen is engaged to marry:
(a) Christy Mahon.
(b) No one.
(c) Shawn Keogh.
(d) Michael James Flaherty.

2. When the character, Christy Mahon enters the scene, he is:
(a) Looking for the police.
(b) Tired, frightened, and dirty.
(c) Suffering from a severe gash in his head.
(d) Looking for a bride.

3. Pegeen's approximate age in the play is:
(a) Twenty years old.
(b) Fifty years old.
(c) Twenty five years old.
(d) Fifteen years old.

4. When the characters use the term "himself" they are referring to:
(a) The master of the house.
(b) God.
(c) A widow's dead husband.
(d) He.

5. At the beginning of Act 1, Pegeen is complaining because:
(a) Shawn won't remove his boots.
(b) Her father is drunk.
(c) She doesn't want to be alone in the house overnight.
(d) She is getting too old to find a husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. A second rivalry in act one involves:

2. At the end of Act 1, Christy thinks to himself:

3. Which of the following characters does not appear in Act 1?

4. The author's dialogue and description of the night gives what impression?

5. Pegeen's discussion with Christy after her father leaves is interrupted by:

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Pegeen gets Christy to tell them why he is running from the police.

2. What do Michael and Shaun report has finally arrived?

3. Why does the Widow Quin feel she would be a better fit for Christy than Pegeen?

4. How do Philly and Jimmy appear to feel about Christy?

5. What does Pegeen imagine Christy's life must have been like before she meets him?

6. What is the nature of Christy and Pegeen's conversation after the crowd disperses in Act 3?

7. What do we learn about Christy's character from Old Mahon?

8. What does Philly begin to realize before he leaves to follow Old Mahon?

9. How does Christy react when he offered the job as potboy?

10. What gives Christy "a new arrogance?"

(see the answer keys)

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