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. Why is Sara critical of Pfeni's career?

2. How does Pfeni exit Act 1, Scene 1?

3. Why does Pfeni carry her belongings in shopping bags?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How could the character of Gorgeous be described?

6. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

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

8. What do we learn about the time setting of this play in Act 1, Sceen 3, and what indicates that?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Passion--or lack of it--plays a part in the play. Choose two characters and discuss the passion in their life (or lack thereof). Remember that passion can be work or a cause or something other than a relationship. Discuss how (if at all) their passion changes during the course of the play.

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