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 is mocked by Pegeen and her father because:

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

3. The length of time covered in Act 1 is:

4. Pegeen imagines that Christy must have the temperament of:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Michael and Shaun report has finally arrived?

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

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

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

5. Why is the Widow Quin interested in getting Christy to marry her in order to help Shawn?

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

7. What does Christy fight with his father about that results in Christy hitting him over the head?

8. What occurs between Christy and Old Mahon when the crowd arrives and learns the truth?

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

10. What does Pegeen imagine Christy's life must have been like before she meets him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 3, Philly and Jimmy have an extended discussion about skulls. Write an essay in which you consider a) The symbolic meaning of skulls in Act 3; b) The characterization of Philly and Jimmy through their discussion of skulls; or c) The significance of the exposition revealed in Philly and Jimmy's conversation to the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the contrasting motifs of impulse and caution in the play. Then write an essay in which you a) Identify three examples of impulse or caution that directly affect the course of events in the play; b) Compare and contrast an impulsive character and a cautious character; or c) Directly relate the motifs of impulse and caution to the theme of the play using examples of characters' behavior to support your point.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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