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

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

3. The play was first published in the year:

4. A second rivalry in act one involves:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Michael's reaction to Pegeen's change of heart?

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

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

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

5. What function do Michael Flaherty and his friends, Philly and Jimmy perform at the wake of Kate Cassidy?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Christy react when he offered the job as potboy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are several plans for weddings and wakes in Synge's play. Write an essay in which you a) discuss the significance of any plan for a wedding or a wake to the events of the play; b) discuss the significance of any wedding or wake to the theme of the play; or c) discuss the significance of the contrasting motifs to the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Consider how night and day affect characters and their actions in the play. Write an essay in which you:

1) Compare and contrast the events occurring at night to events occurring during the day, and arrive at a statement about the significance of each time period.

OR

2) Discuss the significance of night and day to the mood of each act.

OR

3) Compare any character's actions during Act 1, which takes place at night, to their actions in Acts 2 and 3, taking place the following day.

Be sure to use examples from the play to support your argument.

(see the answer keys)

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