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 Merv say about his former wife?

2. What does Sara do as a profession?

3. How does Pfeni feel about her appearance?

4. Gorgeous's husband does not attend the party. What reason is give in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. How many times has Sara been married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the Concert of Europe?

7. What are some of the things learned about Sara's surgery and her feelings about it?

8. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

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

10. What might be said about the relationships between mothers and daughters in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

For many people, birthdays are a time of reflection of their past, their present, and their future. The character of Sara experiences a birthday in the play. Discuss how she is at a major crossroads. Examine her past, her present, and her future at this crossroad.

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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