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. Christy is served a supper of:

2. The play was first published in the year:

3. Christy tells Pegeen that his father:

4. Which of the following characters does not appear in Act 1?

5. Shawn reacts to Christy's employment by:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the Widow Quin mean when she calls Christy "The Playboy of the Western World?"

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

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

7. Explain the role that religion plays in the story?

8. How does the Widow try to dissuade Philly and Jimmy from following Old Mahon?

9. What is Pegeen's job?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the motifs of sanity and insanity in Synge's play. Then write an essay in which you explore a) The general sanity of the villagers; b) Synge's statement about sanity and insanity through the events of the play; or c) The insanity of any one character or situation in the play. Be sure to use examples from the text to support your arguement.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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