Ruined Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lynn Nottage
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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 day does Mama mention when she refers to Old Papa Batunga's passing?

2. What is NOT an item Mama mentions as one of the three things she provides for the young women in her care?

3. How much time has passed between Scene 1 and Scene 2 of Act One, according to the stage directions?

4. What type of item "sits conspicuously in the corner of the room" (5) when the play first opens in a bar?

5. What is NOT mentioned in the description of Commander Osembenga's appearance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two pieces of information about Sophie appear to convince Mama to take her in?

2. For what reason does Salima imagine Sophie to be carefree and how does Sophie disabuse her of that assumption in Scene 3 of Act One?

3. In what setting does the play Ruined take place?

4. What does Christian tell Mama about Sophie's injuries?

5. What event causes Sophie to lose her smile in Scene 1 of Act One?

6. What is the setting of Scene 3 in Act One and what is significant about Nottage's choice of setting?

7. What special talent does Sophie have?

8. What transgression does Mama watch Sophie commit in Scene 4 of Act One?

9. Who is Jerome Kisembe?

10. What significant event occurred in Mama's life when she was 11 years old and how did it affect the shape of her future goals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All of the characters in the play have specific yet varied relationships with money. Examine the theme of money in the text and how it affects the various characters.

Essay Topic 2

Trace the characterization arc of Mama’s character throughout the play Ruined. Discuss whether Mama is a round or flat character and whether she is a static or dynamic character.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the interplay between the resolution of Ruined and one of the play's main messages. How does Nottage make connections between these elements and how does their juxtaposition help them get across one main message of the play?

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