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 Gorgeous imply about her marriage in Act 2, Scene 2?

2. In Act 2, Scene 1, what does Tess accuse Sara of living without?

3. What does Gorgeous say about her husband's employment in Act 2, Scene 2?

4. When the sisters Rosensweig open the wine, what do they toast to?

5. When she knocks the item over, what does she do during Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Sara reveal to Merv in Act 1, Scene 4, about her emotional state?

4. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?

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

6. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is spoken about passion?

7. Who do the three sisters toast and why?

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

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

10. What does Merv reveal about his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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.

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