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

2. What is Tess listening to when Pfeni arrives?

3. How does Sara deflect conversation about social conditions?

4. What do Sara and Nick discuss during the party debate in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. Why does Sara reject the statuette?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sara says Pfeni sounds very "New York." What does she mean by that?

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

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

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

5. Why might Tess being doing her school project at the opening of Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

8. Describe the character of Merv.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Middle age is an important element to the play. Pfeni and her sisters are all circling that particular juncture of life. Discuss the importance of the middle age years in relation to the characters. Specifically, discuss Merv's reference to his wife dying just as she was coming into her own. How might that idea (fear of death at middle age) impact the decisions and choices each sister is making?

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