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 is Tess listening to when Pfeni arrives?

2. What does Gorgeous say about herself?

3. What sort of dinner is Merv hoping for?

4. What is Geoffrey's profession?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can be discerned about the sisters' father?

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

4. How could the character of Gorgeous be described?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Sara act toward Merv in Act 1, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the character of Tess and the nature of each of the following:

1) Adolescent rebellion

2) Self-discovery

3) Familial ties.

In light of these elements, how does Tess change over the course of the play?

Essay Topic 3

How are the various characters' identities as Jews important to them?

1) Discuss why someone might turn their back on their identity.

2) Through three characters, show how they either identify or do not identify as Jewish persons.

3) Explore, through your own opinion, whether or not it is important to hold onto your roots.

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