The Sisters Rosensweig Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In preparation for the Sabbath ceremony, what does Gorgeous do?

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

3. What sort of mother did the sisters Rosensweig appear to have?

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

5. Before Geoffrey met Pfeni, with whom did he live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Pfeni and Geoffrey were first drawn to each other and crazy about each other when they met.

2. What is Sara's response to Merv's compliments in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

4. Describe the character of Merv.

5. What is the role of singing in the final scene?

6. Why does Sara want to give Merv the statue of Shiva?

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

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

9. Describe the mood as Act 1, Scene 4 opens.

10. What secrets that Gorgeous has been hiding are revealed in Act 2, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Sara is repeatedly described as "bitter" and "cold" and "hard." Discuss her emotional journey throughout the play. Offer specific examples of her hardness, then her gradual softening. What incidents cause some of the changes along her journey?

Essay Topic 2

What is the nature of the relationships between mothers and daughters? Though the three sisters' mother, Rita, is unseen in this play, enough hints and revelations are offered that we know a bit about her and her relationship with Pfeni, Gorgeous, and Sara. In addition, Sara and Tess have a relationship very much present in the play.

1) Offer a statement about the relationship between mothers and daughters as depicted in this play.

2) Using the sisters and Tess and Sara, offer evidence for this view of the nature of mothers and daughters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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