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. When Gorgeous is alone with Pfeni during Act 2, Scene 1, what does she say about Geoffrey?

2. What do Sara and Pfeni do to Gorgeous at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

3. What happened to Gorgeous's shoe as she explains it in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

5. What compliment does Geoffrey pay to Pfeni during their conversation at the start of Act 2, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What secrets that Gorgeous has been hiding are revealed in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

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

4. How is Sara closer to her true self after Act 2, Scene 2?

5. Who do the three sisters toast and why?

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

7. What does Merv reveal about his wife?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The love lives of all four women (including Tess) is 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 2

Though the play is not a musical, music plays a part. The play opens with the girls' choir, and it closes with a mother and daughter singing. Music is a big part of Geoffrey's life, and listening to records is part of Merv and Sara's courtship. Song and dance is performed more than once in the play. Discuss the role of music in the play and what it represents in various scenes and to various characters.

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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