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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, what does Sara say about the world Merv thinks they are both from?
2. When she knocks the item over, what does she do during Act 1, Scene 4?
3. How does Merv respond to Sara regarding her assessment of their compatibility the morning after their night together?
4. What does Sara say about the nickname Merv calls her during Act 1, Scene 4?
5. What happened to Gorgeous's shoe as she explains it in Act 2, Scene 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is represented by the Yiddish recording Sara plays?
2. What truth does Gorgeous speak to Pfeni about Geoffrey?
3. Describe Pfeni and Geoffrey's relationship in Act 2, Scene 1.
4. Describe the mood as Act 1, Scene 4 opens.
5. How does Merv compare Sara to pre-war Jewish women?
6. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?
7. Describe Geoffrey's beliefs about his and Pfeni's work as artists.
8. What does Sara reveal to Merv in Act 1, Scene 4, about her emotional state?
9. How is Sara closer to her true self after Act 2, Scene 2?
10. What secrets that Gorgeous has been hiding are revealed in Act 2, Scene 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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