|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Pfeni tells a story about their childhood in New York, what does Sara feel she is doing?
2. When Pfeni first arrives, she is late. Who or what does she blame that on?
3. In preparation for the Sabbath ceremony, what does Gorgeous do?
4. What does Gorgeous say about her current situation in London?
5. What do Merv and Geoffrey do when they first see each other?
Short Essay Questions
1. What might be said about the relationships between mothers and daughters in Act 1, Scene 1?
2. What can be discerned about the sisters' father?
3. In Act 1, Scene 3, what can be inferred from Sara's participation--or lack thereof--in the political discussions that occur?
4. What is represented by Sara's rejection of the statue of Shiva?
5. What does Sara believe men's perceptions of her are, and how does Merv seem to perceive her?
6. What are some of the things learned about Sara's surgery and her feelings about it?
7. Sara says Pfeni sounds very "New York." What does she mean by that?
8. In Act 1, Scene 2, what are the preparations for the Sabbath?
9. How does Sara act toward Merv in Act 1, Scene 2?
10. How does Sara appear to feel about her past?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Each sister is either avoiding a truth in her life or hiding a truth in her life.
1) Discuss each sister in turn.
2) Choose one thing she is either hiding or running from.
3) Discuss the resolution or change that occurs during the course of the play.
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 769 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)