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. Where was Merv prior to arriving at Sara's house in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What other play is referenced in Act 1, Scene 3?

3. Who joins in the childhood game Sara and Pfeni play?

4. What does Pfeni tell Geoffrey about Sara's opinion of their relationship?

5. As Act 1, Scene 3 opens, what is being served?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Merv's shirt have meaning in the play?

2. How does the unseen character of Sonia fit into Act 1, Scene 4?

3. What is implied by Geoffrey in his scene with Pfeni when he talks of friends dying unfulfilled?

4. What is represented by the Yiddish recording Sara plays?

5. Describe the character of Merv.

6. What does Sara reveal to Merv in Act 1, Scene 4, about her emotional state?

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

8. Who do the three sisters toast and why?

9. Describe Geoffrey's beliefs about his and Pfeni's work as artists.

10. What are Sara's relationships like as seen in Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Each sister is transformed in some way by the events that occur during the course of the play. Discuss each sister in turn, and how she is transformed.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think the playwright chose to set this play in London, as opposed to New York? What impact does the setting have on the story and on the individual characters?

Essay Topic 3

A theme of familial expectations runs through the play. The character of Rita appears to have had expectations for her daughters. Sara has expectations for Tess that her daughter rebels against. Discuss familial expectations and how those expectations are either fulfilled or altered during the course of the play.

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