Plenty 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. What literary technique does the author use in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. How does Lazar try to comfort Susan?

3. How does Mick refer to the sky?

4. What does Susan complain about?

5. Who retrieves the package dropped by the plane overhead?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author contrast Alice and Susan?

2. What does Susan say about Brock's condition?

3. What is the situation in which the author gets the meaning for the book's title, PLENTY?

4. Explain the significance of Mick's reference to a "mackerel" sky.

5. What comments does Alice make regarding England and Brock when she enters the room?

6. Why is it ironic that Susan makes derogatory comments about Darwin's outspokenness?

7. What is the double meaning of Lazar's statement that he recognizes Susan from somewhere?

8. How does Act 1, Scene 5 begin?

9. What is the foreshadowing in the appearance of the Frenchman?

10. Explain how the author ends the play on a hopeful note for Susan.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1940s and 1950s. Compare and contrast homosexuality during the 1940s and 1950s to homosexuality today. What major changes have occurred, both positive and negative?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Susan. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

In more than one instance in the play, a "mackerel sky" is cited. Explain what a mackerel sky is. Then cite the examples of how it is used in the play. What is the significance of a mackerel sky to the characters?

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