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. What does Sara knock over during Act 1, Scene 4?

2. Why does Tess want her passport in Act 2, Scene 1?

3. How does Merv say he knew the friend that he and Sara have in common during Act 1, Scene 4?

4. After the confrontations in Act 2, Scene 1, which sister of the Sisters Rosensweig seems to be the most honest about their lives?

5. What name does Merv call Sara by when they are left alone during Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is represented by the Yiddish recording Sara plays?

4. Describe Pfeni and Geoffrey's relationship in Act 2, Scene 1.

5. How does Gorgeous think her sisters feel about her?

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

7. What does Merv reveal about his wife?

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

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

10. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Discuss the character of Tess and the nature of each of the following:

1) Adolescent rebellion

2) Self-discovery

3) Familial ties.

In light of these elements, how does Tess change over the course of the play?

(see the answer keys)

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