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

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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 attempts to discredit the Widow Quin by accusing her of:

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

3. As Michael James meets and converses with Christy, he addresses him as:

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the irony in the villagers enthusiasm and acceptance of Christy Mahon.

2. Describe Pegeen's personality.

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

4. What gives Christy "a new arrogance?"

5. What changes Pegeen's mind about marriage to Christy?

6. Why is dispensation needed for Shawn to marry Pegeen?

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

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

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

10. Describe the manner in which Pegeen treats Shawn and explain why.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are several plans for weddings and wakes in Synge's play. Write an essay in which you a) discuss the significance of any plan for a wedding or a wake to the events of the play; b) discuss the significance of any wedding or wake to the theme of the play; or c) discuss the significance of the contrasting motifs to the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Synge's use of humor extends to every character in the play. Write an essay considering:

1) The effect of Synge's humor on the more serious events of the play.

OR

2) Any humorous event or line of dialogue that directly affects the outcome of events in the play.

OR

3) The influence of humor on the development of theme in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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