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 do Marv and Tess discuss at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

2. According to Geoffrey, he is responsible for educating Pfeni about what?

3. How do Merv and Geoffrey know each other?

4. What is Tess's school project?

5. What would Geoffrey like to do with the delegation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the character of Merv.

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

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

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

7. Describe the relationship between Geoffrey and Pfeni.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the statue of Shiva, the goddess of rebirth and destruction. Examine Shiva and her symbolism in light of the character changes that Sara undergoes. How is her old life destroyed and a new life and beginning formed? Use specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the playwright chose to set this play in London, as opposed to New York? What impact does it setting have on the story and on the individual characters?

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