The Playboy of the Western World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Shawn will not stay the night because:

2. Pegeen's father is going out for the evening to:

3. A "shebeen" is a:

4. Considering the Irish dialect used by the author, the term "da" means:

5. Christy responds to Pegeen with, "We're alike so" after she tells him:

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Shawn's reaction to Christy being offered the job as potboy.

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

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

4. Why do Jimmy, Philly, and Michael James think that Christy will make a suitable potboy?

5. What change occurs in Christy and Old Mahon's relationship by the end of the act?

6. What gives Christy "a new arrogance?"

7. What plan do Christy and the Widow devise when Old Mahon comes to town looking for Christy?

8. Describe the relationship between Pegeen and her father, Michael.

9. What do Shawn's reservations about staying with Pegeen before their marriage suggest about his character?

10. What of man if Christy's father, according to Christy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discussions of courage appear throughout Synge's play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Describe any single character as courageous and use examples to support your ideas

OR

2) Describe any single action as courageous and use examples to support your ideas.

OR

3) Describe the lack of courage displayed by the majority of characters throughout the play, and use examples to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the various symbols used in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Identify any symbol and its meaning in the play; then connect the development of the symbol to the theme of the play.

OR

2) Identify any character as symbolic of Synge's statements regarding Ireland in the preface to the play.

OR

3) Identify any belief the characters espouse as symbolic, and connect the belief to the them of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Characters voice and exhibit both rational and irrational fears throughout the play. Considering these fears, write an essay in which you:

1) Identify any common fear among the villagers and qualify it as rational or irrational.

OR

2) Identify any character as the most fearful in the play, supporting your ideas with examples from the text.

OR

3) Identify any fear as the most significant motivating factor in the play, supporting your ideas with examples from the text.

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