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

2. The responsibility of barkeep in Michael James' establishment falls to:

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

4. Pegeen is referred to as "Pegeen Mike" in the story because:

5. The play was first published in the year:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Old Mahon's story arouse suspicion for Philly?

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

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

5. Why does the Widow Quin feel she would be a better fit for Christy than Pegeen?

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

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

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

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

10. Why won't Christy run to avoid the crowd that wants to hang him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 3, Philly and Jimmy have an extended discussion about skulls. Write an essay in which you consider a) The symbolic meaning of skulls in Act 3; b) The characterization of Philly and Jimmy through their discussion of skulls; or c) The significance of the exposition revealed in Philly and Jimmy's conversation to the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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