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 like her father in that they are both:

2. When Pegeen asks Christy if he is attracting many girls after telling his story, he replies:

3. At the end of the first evening, Christy is pleased because:

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Philly begin to realize before he leaves to follow Old Mahon?

3. Why is Christy so upset to see his father in the village?

4. Describe the Widow Quin's character in terms of doing people favors.

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

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

7. What change occurs in Christy and Old Mahon's relationship by the end of the act?

8. What is significant about Old Mahon's description of his son?

9. Why didn't Old Mahon leave town?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

OR

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

OR

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

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

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.

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