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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. In Act 2, Scene 1, the sisters Rosensweig confront each other. What does Gorgeous say both sisters think about Gorgeous?
2. What is Nick's birthday gift to Sara?
3. What does Gorgeous say she is going to have soon when she leaves Act 2, Scene 1?
4. At the close of Act 2, Scene 2, what do the sisters say they look forward to talking about in the future over tea?
5. When Gorgeous is alone with Pfeni during Act 2, Scene 1, what does she say about Geoffrey?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Gorgeous think her sisters feel about her?
2. How does Merv compare Sara to pre-war Jewish women?
3. In Act 2, Scene 1, what is spoken about passion?
4. Explain why Pfeni and Geoffrey were first drawn to each other and crazy about each other when they met.
5. What is the significance of Merv calling Sara by the name Sadie?
6. How does the unseen character of Sonia fit into Act 1, Scene 4?
7. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?
8. What is represented by the Yiddish recording Sara plays?
9. What does Sara reveal to Merv in Act 1, Scene 4, about her emotional state?
10. Describe Pfeni and Geoffrey's relationship in Act 2, Scene 1.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How are the various characters' identities as Jews important to them?
1) Discuss why someone might turn their back on their identity.
2) Through three characters, show how they either identify or do not identify as Jewish persons.
3) Explore, through your own opinion, whether or not it is important to hold onto your roots.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Each sister is transformed in some way by the events that occur during the course of the play. Discuss each sister in turn, and how she is transformed.
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