The Sisters Rosensweig Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In preparation for the Sabbath ceremony, what does Gorgeous do?

2. What does Sara tell Pfeni to do after the ceremony and exchange with Gorgeous?

3. What sort of mother did the sisters Rosensweig appear to have?

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

5. Before Geoffrey met Pfeni, with whom did he live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Pfeni and Geoffrey were first drawn to each other and crazy about each other when they met.

2. What is Sara's response to Merv's compliments in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

4. Describe the character of Merv.

5. What is the role of singing in the final scene?

6. Why does Sara want to give Merv the statue of Shiva?

7. In Act 1, Scene 2, give an example that demonstrates what is revealed about Pfeni's self-image.

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

9. Describe the mood as Act 1, Scene 4 opens.

10. What secrets that Gorgeous has been hiding are revealed in Act 2, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Middle age is an important element to the play. Pfeni and her sisters are all circling that particular juncture of life. Discuss the importance of the middle age years in relation to the characters. Specifically, discuss Merv's reference to his wife dying just as she was coming into her own. How might that idea (fear of death at middle age) impact the decisions and choices each sister is making?

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 many 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?

Though the play is not a musical, music plays a part. The play opens with the girls' choir, and it closes with a mother and daughter singing. Music is a big part of Geoffrey's life, and listening to records is part of Merv and Sara's courtship. Song and dance is performed more than once in the play. Discuss the role of music in the play and what it represents in various scenes and to various characters.

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