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 does Gorgeous say about their father?

2. What do Merv and Geoffrey do when they first see each other?

3. Who are Tom and Tess arguing with at the opening of Act 1, Scene 3?

4. Whose birthday is to be celebrated?

5. What happens to the party as Gorgeous chatters on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

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

4. Describe the character of Merv.

5. Describe the relationship between Geoffrey and Pfeni.

6. Why might Tess being doing her school project at the opening of Act 1, Scene 1?

7. How could the character of Gorgeous be described?

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

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

10. What is indicated about Tess's political views in Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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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