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The Playboy of the Western World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pegeen attempts to discredit the Widow Quin by accusing her of:

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

3. As Michael James meets and converses with Christy, he addresses him as:

4. Pegeen's discussion with Christy after her father leaves is interrupted by:

5. A characteristic of Pegeen's personality that appears often is her:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Pegeen's personality.

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

4. What gives Christy "a new arrogance?"

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

6. Why is dispensation needed for Shawn to marry Pegeen?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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.


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


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

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.

Examples of characters winning and losing occur in different ways in Synge's play. Consider the motifs of winning and losing, and write an essay:

1) Qualifying any character as either "winner" or "loser" through the events of the play.


2) Exploring the significance of the village games as determinants for winners and losers.


3) Discuss three ways characters might "win" or "lose" over the course of the play.

(see the answer keys)

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