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. When Pegeen says to Shawn, "Go on, then, to Father Reilly, and let him put you in the holy brotherhoods, and leave that lad to me," what emotion is she displaying?

3. The most significant conflict at the end of Act 1 is:

4. Christy has not been caught for the murder so far because:

5. Christy tells Pegeen that his father:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Shawn afraid of?

2. What does the Christy promise to do if the Widow helps him?

3. Why does Old Mahon's story arouse suspicion for Philly?

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

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

6. What function do Michael Flaherty and his friends, Philly and Jimmy perform at the wake of Kate Cassidy?

7. Why won't Christy run to avoid the crowd that wants to hang him?

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

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

10. Why didn't Old Mahon leave town?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.


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


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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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