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

2. A "shebeen" is a:

3. Michael James and his friends Jimmy and Philly are in a hurry to leave so that they can:

4. Pegeen's relationship with her father can be described as:

5. Pegeen imagines that Christy must have the temperament of:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why do so many townspeople accompany Christy back to the pub?

7. What is Pegeen's job?

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

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

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

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 female roles apparent in Synge's play. Write an essay in which you:

1) List the available roles for females in Synge's play and identify the author's attitude toward each.

OR

2) Describe the roles of the female characters in Synge's play and describe the significance of each to the events of the play.

OR

3) Describe Synge's purpose in developing the female roles present in the play, and the significance of these roles to the themes of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Fathers play a prominent role in The Playboy of the Western World. In an essay:

1) Describe Pegeen's father as either successful or unsuccessful in raising and caring for his daughter.

OR

2) Describe Old Mahon as either successful or unsuccessful in raising and caring for his son.

OR

3) Identify the role Synge has created for fathers in his play.

Use examples from the text to support your essay.

(see the answer keys)

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