The Sisters Rosensweig Test | 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 compliment does Merv pay Sara in Act 1, Scene 3's close?

2. Who joins in the childhood game Sara and Pfeni play?

3. How does Sara deflect conversation about social conditions?

4. What does Merv say about his former wife?

5. How do Merv and Geoffrey know each other?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sara says Pfeni sounds very "New York." What does she mean by that?

2. What is learned about the unseen mother of the three sisters in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

4. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

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

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

7. How does Sara feel about Tess's school project?

8. What is the Concert of Europe?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two objects in the play and describe their role in symbolism. You might choose the tea kettle Sara receives, the statue of Shiva, the Chanel suit, Merv's shirt, or something else. What is symbolized by the object, and what is its role in the play and to the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Two important play references occur within the play. Chekhov's Three Sisters is one; The Scarlet Pimpernel is the other. Choose one of these other plays and explore its meaning and parallelism to the play at hand.

Essay Topic 3

Wendy Wasserstein was considered a feminist writer. How are themes of feminism woven throughout this play? Use specific characters and events during the course of the play to support your opinion.

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