The Sisters Rosensweig Test | Final 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. On what pretext does Gorgeous send Geoffrey away when he exits Act 2, Scene 1?

2. When Gorgeous enters Act 2, Scene 2, what does she say she is tired of?

3. What is the name of the friend Merv and Sara have in common?

4. Where do Geoffrey and Pfeni say they have to go when they leave Act 1, Scene 4?

5. In Act 2, Scene 1, after their night together, who does Sara say would be a better match for Merv?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which sister seems to be the most truthful in Act 2, Scene 1 and why?

2. Who do the three sisters toast and why?

3. What is the significance of Merv calling Sara by the name Sadie?

4. What sort of emotions does Pfeni seem to exhibit about her work?

5. What truth does Gorgeous speak to Pfeni about Geoffrey?

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

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

8. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?

9. How does Merv compare Sara to pre-war Jewish women?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each sister is either avoiding a truth in her life or hiding a truth in her life.

1) Discuss each sister in turn.

2) Choose one thing she is either hiding or running from.

3) Discuss the resolution or change that occurs during the course of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the statue of Shiva, the goddess of rebirth and destruction. Examine Shiva and her symbolism in light of the character changes that Sara undergoes. How is her old life destroyed and a new life and beginning formed? Use specific examples from the play.

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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