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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Sara feel about the Sabbath ceremony?
(a) She says she wishes their mother was there to lead it.
(b) She ridicules it.
(c) She is very respectful.
(d) She says Gorgeous is not orthodox enough.

2. When Pfeni tells a story about their childhood in New York, what does Sara feel she is doing?
(a) Romanticizing their younger years.
(b) Telling lies about their younger years just to impress Tess.
(c) Purposely forgetting all about their Jewish traditions.
(d) Justifying her behavior.

3. What does Sara say about the prospect of marriage?
(a) She has no intention of marrying.
(b) She thinks marriage is an archaic institution.
(c) She longs to find someone to spend the rest of her life with.
(d) She thinks she is too old.

4. What is Tess listening to when Pfeni arrives?
(a) A book on tape.
(b) A recording of a women's chorus her mother used to sing with as a young woman.
(c) British punk music.
(d) A song with deep personal meaning to her.

5. Who are Tom and Tess arguing with at the opening of Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Nick.
(b) Geoffrey.
(c) Gorgeous.
(d) Sara.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why doesn't Tess want Nick to come to dinner?

2. What does Gorgeous say Sara has become?

3. How many times has Sara been married?

4. Whose side does Merv take in the debate that is occurring at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

5. What sort of dinner is Merv hoping for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about the time setting of this play in Act 1, Sceen 3, and what indicates that?

2. What are some of the things learned about Sara's surgery and her feelings about it?

3. How could the character of Gorgeous be described?

4. What does Sara believe men's perceptions of her are, and how does Merv seem to perceive her?

5. What is represented by Pfeni's traveling with shopping bags and how is this indicated in Act 1, Scene 1?

6. What does Act 1, Scene 2 reveal about Sara's attitudes toward marriage and how is this revealed?

7. What is Sara's opinion of Geoffrey and Pfeni's relationship, and how is this revealed?

8. What comparisons might be drawn between the Chekhov play, The Sisters, and this one?

9. In Act 1, Scene 3, what can be inferred from Sara's participation--or lack thereof--in the political discussions that occur?

10. What is represented by Sara's rejection of the statue of Shiva?

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