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. What is the mood in Act II?

2. At the end of Act II, Christy is summoned by:

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

4. How does Old Mahon describe Christy's personality?

5. Which character in the story seems to have the most self-doubt?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The villagers in Synge's play mention religion often. Write an essay in which you:

1) Identify any ironies between the villagers proclaimed religious beliefs and their behaviors.


2) Identify 3 examples in the play where religion influences the actions or dialogue of a character, and describe their significance to the events of the play.


3) Identify Synge's attitude toward religion using 3 examples of religion's influence over characters and events in the play.

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