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

2. When Pegeen and the men hear Christy's secret, they are:

3. At the end of Act 1, Christy thinks to himself:

4. Christy describes himself to Pegeen and the men as:

5. Once she is alone with Christy, Pegeen spends a great deal of time:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What finally saves Christy from being hanged?

3. What is Pegeen's job?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Pegeen lament at the end of the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the characters who act with caution and those who act upon impulse in the play. Write an essay in which you consider:

1) What effect do acts of caution and impulse have on the events of the play?


2) Which characters seem happier in the play: those who act with caution, or those who act upon impulse.


3) Which characters are portrayed as cautious and which are portrayed as impulsive. Why might the author portray them this way?

Be sure to use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the significance of characters' physical appearance in the play. Write an essay in which you a) Discuss the change in Christy's appearance and its significance to his characterization; b) Discuss the difference between Shaun and Christy's appearance as they are described by the author, and consider the significance of this to Pegeen's actions; or 3) Consider the significance of Pegeen's appearance, as it is described by the author, to the events of the play and the actions of the male characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.


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


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

(see the answer keys)

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