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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. What is Tess's school project?
(a) A biography of a famous feminist.
(b) A science fair experiment.
(c) A series of essays on revolutionaries.
(d) A biography of her mother's early years.

2. What play does Pfeni quote from when she and Geoffrey are speaking at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.
(b) Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters.
(c) William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
(d) Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

3. Why does Pfeni carry her belongings in shopping bags?
(a) Pfeni's grandmother said shopping bags were for "crazy people," and she wants to prove her right.
(b) Pfeni's grandmother always carried her things in shopping bags, and Pfeni wants to be just like her.
(c) Pfeni lost her suitcases while she was traveling around the world.
(d) Pfeni's suitcases were stolen.

4. Why does Sara say Pfeni sounds very "New York"?
(a) Pfeni adopts a fake accent.
(b) Pfeni talks about high fashion.
(c) Pfeni talks about how dissimilar the London "tubes" are compared to New York's subway system.
(d) Pfeni uses a New York slang expression.

5. What does Pfeni say is her motivation for coming to dinner?
(a) She wants to meet Tess's boyfriend.
(b) She has nothing better to do.
(c) She wants to return to her Jewish roots.
(d) She doesn't want Gorgeous to be the only sister who shows up.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Act 1, Scene 3 opens, what is being served?

2. What is happening globally on the night of Sara's party in Act 1, Scene 3?

3. What does Sara do as a profession?

4. Where does Tom work?

5. What expression does Sara use to express what she expects of Tess?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

2. In Act 1, Scene 2, what are the preparations for the Sabbath?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Sara appear to feel about her past?

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

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

10. How does Sara act toward Merv in Act 1, Scene 2?

(see the answer keys)

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