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 Sara do as a profession?

2. What does Merv arrive at the door with?

3. Why won't Sara allow Tess to move to the United States?

4. Why does Sara reject the statuette?

5. Why does Pfeni carry her belongings in shopping bags?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Act 1, Scene 2 reveal about Sara's attitudes toward marriage and how is this revealed?

3. What do we learn about the time setting of this play in Act 1, Sceen 3, and what indicates that?

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

5. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

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

7. Describe the relationship between Geoffrey and Pfeni.

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

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

10. What might be inferred about the play or the people in it from the performance from The Scarlet Pimpernel?

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

Wendy Wasserstein, the playwright, was part of the theatre community in New York, and would, necessarily as part of it, have been affected by the AIDS epidemic and the lost lives of men young men in that community. Discuss the character of Geoffrey. Why do you think Wasserstein chose to write his character in the way she did. What do you think she was saying about the shortness of life itself and the importance of art?

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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