Sabbath's Theater Test | Final 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. Why did Sabbath feel that he had lost his job over the scandal?

2. Is Sabbath's breakdown in front of Norman staged or real?

3. What does Sabbath say when Norman catches him with Deborah's picture?

4. According to what he tells Norman, what bothers Sabbath about his decision to leave New York?

5. Why does Rosa show Sabbath where Norman's family keeps their money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are a few pages of Part 6 written without punctuation?

2. What does Sabbath notice in Fish's house?

3. Why does Norman throw Sabbath out of his home?

4. How does Norman react to Sabbath when he first sees him again?

5. What does Sabbath do after opening the box of Morty's possessions?

6. On the first night of his stay with the Cowans, why is Sabbath in such a good mood at dinner?

7. How does Sabbath locate the cemetery where his parents are buried?

8. What happened at Sabbath's trial for public indecency?

9. To whom does Sabbath link himself in the obituary that he composes on the subway?

10. What was the scandal that caused Sabbath to lose his job at the college?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, it is obvious that Sabbath is obsessed with sex. Why? Does Sabbath know of any other ways to be close to people? What is he seeking and hoping to gain via his sexual encounters with women? Is Sabbath conscious of the psychology that relates to his obsession with sex? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

At one point, Sabbath mentions that all of the women in his life hated their fathers. Why do you think that is so? Why did a lack of paternal affection change them in a way that attracted them to Sabbath? What qualities did those women have that made them a target for Sabbath? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

At one point, Sabbath says that Norman is everything that Roseanna ever wanted in a husband. However, Sabbath does not have to work very hard to convince Michelle to have an affair with him. Why is that? What is Norman lacking that makes Michelle willing to have an affair with Sabbath? Would it be something about which Roseanna would not care? Or is Sabbath erroneous in his assessment of Norman? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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