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 is Nick's birthday gift to Sara?

2. What happens when Gorgeous tries to leave Act 2, Scene 1?

3. How does Merv say he knew the friend that he and Sara have in common during Act 1, Scene 4?

4. Why does Tess want her passport in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Merv reveal about his wife?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each sister is either avoiding a truth in her life or hiding a truth in her life.

1) Discuss each sister in turn.

2) Choose one thing she is either hiding or running from.

3) Discuss the resolution or change that occurs during the course of the play.

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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