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 do Tess and Sara argue about during Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What does Pfeni say about herself as a daughter during Act 2, Scene 1?

3. What is Sara's reaction to Nick's gift at the close of Act 2, Scene 1?

4. What does Merv say about his feelings for his late wife during Act 1, Scene 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Geoffrey's beliefs about his and Pfeni's work as artists.

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

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

4. Describe the mood as Act 1, Scene 4 opens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Passion--or lack of it--plays a part in the play. Choose two characters and discuss the passion in their life (or lack thereof). Remember that passion can be work or a cause or something other than a relationship. Discuss how (if at all) their passion changes during the course of the play.

Essay Topic 3

What is each sister's relationship to the past? Do they embrace it, reject it? Does that change during the course of the play? Examine each sister in turn and her relationship to her own past.

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