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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. How does Pfeni exit Act 1, Scene 1?

2. When Pfeni tells a story about their childhood in New York, what does Sara feel she is doing?

3. What compliment does Merv pay Sara in Act 1, Scene 3's close?

4. Which of these is a personality trait of Gorgeous as exhibited in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. What delegation is Geoffrey expecting?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sara appear to deal with her feelings?

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

3. How does Merv appear to feel about his Jewishness?

4. What is the basis for the political arguments in Act 1, Scene 3?

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

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

7. How could the character of Gorgeous be described?

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 are Sara's relationships like as seen in Act 1, Scene 1?

10. What might be inferred about the play or the people in it from the performance from The Scarlet Pimpernel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wendy Wasserstein, the playwright, was part of the theatre community in New York, and would, necessarily as part of it, have been affected by the AIDS epidemic and the lost lives of men young men in that community. Discuss the character of Geoffrey. Why do you think Wasserstein chose to write his character in the way she did. What do you think she was saying about the shortness of life itself and the importance of art?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Tess and the nature of each of the following:

1) Adolescent rebellion

2) Self-discovery

3) Familial ties.

In light of these elements, how does Tess change over the course of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What is each sister's relationship to the past? Do they embrace it, reject it? Does that change during the course of the play? Examine each sister in turn and her relationship to her own past.

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