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. A literary term for Pegeen's warning to Christy about what will happen if he keeps telling his story is?

2. Where is Christy in actuality while the Widow Quin is taking to Old Mahon?

3. What does the Widow Quin suggest that Old Mahon do?

4. What is Christy worried about after Old Mahon leaves?

5. When the village girls arrive, they interrupt Christy as he is:

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the characters who act with caution and those who act upon impulse in the play. Write an essay in which you consider:

1) What effect do acts of caution and impulse have on the events of the play?

OR

2) Which characters seem happier in the play: those who act with caution, or those who act upon impulse.

OR

3) Which characters are portrayed as cautious and which are portrayed as impulsive. Why might the author portray them this way?

Be sure to use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

OR

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

OR

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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