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

2. When the characters use the term "himself" they are referring to:

3. The term "pot-boy" refers to:

4. The character of Christy is portrayed as:

5. In his first conversation with Pegeen, Shawn's character is revealed as that of a:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a comfort to the Widow Quin at the end of Act 2?

2. Explain how Christy says he murdered his da.

3. Describe Pegeen's personality.

4. What is Pegeen's reason for refusing to help Christy escape?

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

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

7. Describe the two rivalries that are apparent by Act II.

8. What does the Widow learn from Old Mahon about Christy's former love life?

9. Describe the mood in Act 1.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the differences between appearance and reality in the play. Write an essay in which you discuss:

1) The difference between Christy's appearance and his reality.

OR

2) The difference between any characters' statements and their behaviors.

OR

3) The significance of appearance and reality to the events of the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The villagers in Synge's play mention religion often. Write an essay in which you:

1) Identify any ironies between the villagers proclaimed religious beliefs and their behaviors.

OR

2) Identify 3 examples in the play where religion influences the actions or dialogue of a character, and describe their significance to the events of the play.

OR

3) Identify Synge's attitude toward religion using 3 examples of religion's influence over characters and events in the play.

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