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. At the beginning of Act 1, Pegeen is complaining because:

2. There is a rivalry for Christy's attentions between:

3. A "shebeen" is a:

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the irony in the villagers enthusiasm and acceptance of Christy Mahon.

2. What of man if Christy's father, according to Christy?

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

4. What do we learn about Christy's character from Old Mahon?

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

6. How do Philly and Jimmy appear to feel about Christy?

7. Why does Pegeen say she is the fright of seven townlands?

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

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

10. What is fueling Christy's newfound confidence?

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

J.M. Synge said, "On the stage one must have reality, and one must have joy." Write an essay in which you:

1) Describe The Playboy of the Western World as a play about either reality or joy.

OR

2) Identify examples of both reality and joy in the, confirming Synge's assertion.

OR

3) Challenge, Defend, or qualify Synge's assertion using examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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?

OR

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

OR

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.

(see the answer keys)

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