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. When Mama watches Sophie steal money, she watches her put it into what location?

2. What term does Salima use to classify her own identity when talking to Sophie?

3. What is the first name of the leader Kisembe, who "holds court" (19) at the beginning of Scene 2 in Act One?

4. Which character is singing about a bird when Scene 4 of Act One opens?

5. Christian tells Mama in Scene 4 of Act One that Yaka-Yaka has changed drastically. What is Yaka-Yaka?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sophie say about her past level of education?

3. What clue about Christian's true nature is revealed on his way out of the bar in Scene 1 of Act One?

4. What is the significance of Mama's query to Christian about whether he had "at least" [told] them this time"?

5. To whom does Mama appear to pledge her allegiance at the beginning of Scene 2 of Act One and why might appearances be deceiving in this case?

6. Who is Jerome Kisembe?

7. What major revelation does Salima share with Sophie in Scene 3 of Act One?

8. Provide evidence of the bond between Sophie and Salima that has grown since their arrival at Mama's.

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

10. Discuss Nottage's goal for writing and producing Ruined, according to the text's introduction.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sensory details are used frequently by Nottage in order to create vivid pictures of each character's progression through the narrative of Ruined. Choose three scenes in which sensory details are heavily used and discuss how the sensory details used serve Nottage’s creation of vivid characters to populate the narrative.

Essay Topic 2

William Faulkner once famously claimed that the most important literature deals with the subject of the human heart in conflict with itself. Explain how the theme of Human versus Self is demonstrated within Nottage’s play Ruined. Create a decisive, arguable claim and prove it with quotes from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Explicate the theme of courage within Ruined. What is Nottage’s message regarding courage and how do you know?

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