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

3. Christy leaves Pegeen's house to go:

4. What do the girls from the village want from Christy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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