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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 does Katherine say she's celebrating in Act 1, Scene 3?

2. Who says, "The best way--I was explaining this to Tom and Marion this morning--to get good work in our field is to leave people alone"?

3. What was Robert's profession?

4. What did Irwin paint when he was 17?

5. Who does Tom imply fixed his car?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Marion say about Isobel in the final scene?

2. What sound is heard when Irwin enters in Act 1, Scene 4? What does he comment about it?

3. What does Isobel ask Tom about the business deal in Act 2, Scene 2? How does he respond?

4. What does Irwin ask Isobel about their future in Act 1, Scene 3? How does she respond?

5. Who is Irwin? What is he doing in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

6. Who leaves a letter outside the door in Act 1, Scene 3? What does it say? What does Isobel say?

7. What does Irwin say to Isobel after the others leave in Act 1, Scene 4? What is her response?

8. What is different about the embrace between Tom and Marion in the end of the play?

9. How does Irwin compare himself to Katherine in Act 2, Scene 3? Why does he not understand Katherine's place with Isobel?

10. What is the setting of Act 1, Scene 4? What is taking place at the beginning of this scene?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the character of Tom serve the play? What is the literary term that may be applied to him? What are his major characteristics? What does he represent symbolically?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the differences between the critical response of The Secret Rapture in London versus New York. What argument came about because of how the play was received in America? What do you think about this argument?

Essay Topic 3

Who is the Protagonist of The Secret Rapture? What is this character's "Tragic Flaw?" Who or what is the Antagonist? Discuss how this play does or does not follow that of a traditional tragedy.

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