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 say to Merv about the possibility of a liaison during Act 1, Scene 4?

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

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

4. When Gorgeous is alone with Pfeni during Act 2, Scene 1, what does she say about Geoffrey?

5. What does Geoffrey say about so many of his friends as he speaks to Pfeni at the opening of Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the unseen character of Sonia fit into Act 1, Scene 4?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sara is repeatedly described as "bitter" and "cold" and "hard." Discuss her emotional journey throughout the play. Offer specific examples of her hardness, then her gradual softening. What incidents cause some of the changes along her journey?

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

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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