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 names does the Woman jokingly call the Man?
2. What is/are the only prop/props seen onstage at the start of the play?
3. What does the Woman say frightens her?
4. Who are the two main characters?
5. As the Woman rolls out the sleeping mat, what does she ask the Man?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the Woman say about her dreams, and what does she say she dreamed of?
2. What does the Woman threaten to do to the Man if he does not listen to her while he is meditating, and what is the Man's response to the threat?
3. In Scene 8, what plans does the Woman try to make, and what is the Man's reaction?
4. What does the Man explain to the Woman about what his friend told him about meditating?
5. How does the Man answer when the Woman asks him what his name is, and what name does the Woman give him?
6. What is the setting of Scene 1?
7. What is the final image of the Woman in the play, and how does this visually illustrate her name?
8. What does the Woman say she taught herself to do, and why?
9. What does the Woman accuse the Man of believing, and what does she tell the Man to do?
10. What is the main theme in Scene 1?
Essay Topic 1
When the characters of the Man and the Woman first meet, there is an obvious lack of trust. They do not even reveal their true names to each other. Use examples to support your response to the following:
1) What events throughout the play illustrate a lack of trust between the two main characters? What events from their pasts might have caused this distrust?
2) Is there a shift at anytime throughout out the play where the characters learn to trust each other, even just a little bit? What happens to make this trust fade?
3) Does the author represent the mistrust of another human as something normal? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The Man's sword in the play is a precious possession that also represents a capacity for destruction. Much conflict in the play revolves around the Man's sword and the struggle for its power. Write an essay answering the following, and supplement your work with examples:
1) What does the sword represent to the Man? What does it represent to the Woman?
2) Who is shown to have more control over the sword? What does this say about that character?
3) The Man came to kill the Woman with his sword, but the Woman takes her own life by hanging herself. What is the author trying to say by having the the Woman take her own life and the Man laying his sword down at the end of the play?
Essay Topic 3
The fear that the Man and the Woman have has great impact on the way the two characters respond to each other. Answer the following with supporting examples from the play:
1) Why does the Man fear the Woman? What qualities about the Woman intensify his fear?
2) Does the Woman fear the Man as much as the Man fears the Woman? Why?
3) What do both the Woman and the Man fear? Does this concern bring them closer together, farther apart, or both? How?
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