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 is the name of the friend Merv and Sara have in common?

3. What literary work is referred to in Act 2, Scene 2?

4. What is the subtext or implied by Geoffrey's comment about his friends' lives in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why might Sara refuse to sing for Merv?

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

4. What secrets that Gorgeous has been hiding are revealed in Act 2, Scene 2?

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

6. What is the significance of Merv calling Sara by the name Sadie?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wendy Wasserstein, the playwright, was part of the theatre community in New York, and would, necessarily as part of it, have been affected by the AIDS epidemic and the lost lives of men young men in that community. Discuss the character of Geoffrey. Why do you think Wasserstein chose to write his character in the way she did. What do you think she was saying about the shortness of life itself and the importance of art?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Gorgeous. How is she deeper than she might appear at first glance? What truths does she see about her sisters?

Essay Topic 3

A theme of familial expectations runs through the play. The character of Rita appears to have had expectations for her daughters. Sara has expectations for Tess that her daughter rebels against. Discuss familial expectations and how those expectations are either fulfilled or altered during the course of the play.

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