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 do when Pfeni takes her hand in Act 2, Scene 1, the morning after the party?

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

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

4. What does Merv say about the circumstances of his wife's death?

5. What is Geoffrey's post-dinner story about during Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Pfeni closer to her true self after Act 2, Scene 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Two important play references occur within the play. Chekhov's Three Sisters is one; The Scarlet Pimpernel is the other. Choose one of these other plays and explore its meaning and parallelism to the play at hand.

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