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 is referred to as "Pegeen Mike" in the story because:

2. Pegeen is like her father in that they are both:

3. The responsibility of barkeep in Michael James' establishment falls to:

4. What do both Shawn and Michael James claim to hear from a ditch on the side of the road that evening?

5. Michael James and his friends Jimmy and Philly are in a hurry to leave so that they can:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Christy's reaction when his father enters the pub?

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

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

4. What is Shawn afraid of?

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

6. What is fueling Christy's newfound confidence?

7. Why does the Widow Quin try to convince the others that Old Mahon is crazy?

8. Explain how Christy says he murdered his da.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the significance of storytelling to the events and theme of Synge's play. Write an essay in which you discuss the significance of a) Christy's story about his father; b) Shawn's story about his journey to Pegeen's place in Act 1; or c) Old Mahon's story about his son.

Essay Topic 2

Fathers play a prominent role in The Playboy of the Western World. In an essay:

1) Describe Pegeen's father as either successful or unsuccessful in raising and caring for his daughter.


2) Describe Old Mahon as either successful or unsuccessful in raising and caring for his son.


3) Identify the role Synge has created for fathers in his play.

Use examples from the text to support your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the female roles apparent in Synge's play. Write an essay in which you:

1) List the available roles for females in Synge's play and identify the author's attitude toward each.


2) Describe the roles of the female characters in Synge's play and describe the significance of each to the events of the play.


3) Describe Synge's purpose in developing the female roles present in the play, and the significance of these roles to the themes of the play.

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