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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 Merv arrive at the door with?

2. When Pfeni tells a story about their childhood in New York, what does Sara feel she is doing?

3. What is Gorgeous doing in London?

4. Why doesn't Tess want Nick to come to dinner?

5. What is Tess's school project?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the two epiphanies Geoffrey has at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2 regarding Pfeni.

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

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

5. Who do the three sisters toast and why?

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

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

8. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?

9. What does Gorgeous appear to be interested in?

10. What might the tea kettle Nick gifts to Sara represent?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The love lives of all four women (including Tess) are an important element of the play. Discuss each of the women in turn and how their relationship reflects their character and their character's growth.

Essay Topic 3

Wendy Wasserstein was considered a feminist writer. How are themes of feminism woven throughout this play? Use specific characters and events during the course of the play to support your opinion.

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