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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. Considering the Irish dialect used by the author, the term "da" means:
(a) Fiance.
(b) Brother.
(c) Lame.
(d) Father.

2. The issue of Christy going home with the Widow Quin is resolved when:
(a) Shawn decides to stay with Christy and Pegeen.
(b) Christy falls asleep.
(c) The Widow Quin decides to stay with Christy and Pegeen.
(d) Christy says he wants to stay with Pegeen.

3. Christy describes himself to Pegeen and the men as:
(a) A ladies man.
(b) A simple, God fearing, farm boy.
(c) His Mother's favorite.
(d) A Godforsaken orphan.

4. The play was first published in the year:
(a) 1890.
(b) 1907.
(c) 1993.
(d) After the author's death in 1909.

5. Which of the following characters does not appear in Act 1?
(a) Margaret Flaherty
(b) Jimmy Farrell
(c) Old Mahon
(d) Philly Cullen

Short Answer Questions

1. One of Christy favorite pastimes after working hard all day on the farm is:

2. The character of Christy is portrayed as:

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

4. A characteristic of Pegeen's personality that appears often is her:

5. Shawn will not stay the night because:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do so many townspeople accompany Christy back to the pub?

2. How does Old Mahon finally see Christy?

3. Why is it not in Christy's best interests to tell everyone the story of how he murdered his dad?

4. Explain the role that religion plays in the story?

5. Why does Shawn refuse to stay with Pegeen, even after Michael Flaherty tries to force him to stay?

6. What does the Widow Quin mean when she calls Christy "The Playboy of the Western World?"

7. What deal does the Widow Quin offer in exchange for her help with Shaun's problem?

8. Describe Pegeen's response when Christy asks twice if she is engaged.

9. What finally saves Christy from being hanged?

10. What information do Philly and Jimmy reveal about Christy's presence at the games?

(see the answer keys)

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