The Playboy of the Western World Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character comes up with the idea of entering Christy into the races and games?

2. Christy tells Pegeen that he doesn't want to leave because:

3. Which of the following would not be offered in trade for a favor by the characters in the play?

4. What does the mirror at the beginning of the scene symbolize?

5. Why does Shawn say Christy and Pegeen don't suit each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.


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


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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.


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


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.

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