The Skin of Our Teeth Test | Mid-Book 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 Sabina wearing when she appears in the play for the first time?

2. Gladys does not want her mom to go get things because she is what?

3. Where is Act 2, Part 1 set?

4. When Gladys returns with Mr. Antrobus' slippers, she begs him to do what?

5. The story of Mr. Antrobus leading a handful to survive in the face of the rain's destruction alludes to what story in the Bible?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Fortune Teller tell Sabina to stop being foolish and to go away?

2. What do the refugees talk about before Mrs. Antrobus begins talking about her children?

3. Why do Sabina and Mrs. Antrobus blockade the door?

4. What are the most important achievements for Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, according to the loudspeaker announcement?

5. What are the clear parallels between the story the Fortune Tellers tells and the Biblical story of Noah's Ark?

6. Who are "people of straw" according to Sabina?

7. According to Sabina, how do the Antrobuses treat each new child that dies?

8. What happens when the Telegraph Boy sings a song about the Antrobus' anniversary?

9. What does Mrs. Antrobus tell Henry and Gladys to do when Mr. Antrobus comes home from his hard day at work?

10. Why does Mr. Antrobus think that having a doctor in a group of refugees at his house is a good idea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do Sabina's words about the actors having to do the play, "again and again," mean in the context of the themes, motifs and other actions in the play? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What role does compassion have in the play? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Using specific examples to support your answer, explain how the play, or a section of this play, is an allegorical tale? What is the allegory being told?

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