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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 the Man say about the flowers in the vase?

2. What is the first thing the Woman does for the Man?

3. Where does the Man hide the flower he takes in Scene 1?

4. What does the Man do when he hears the noise that disturbs him?

5. In the first scene, after the Woman clears the dishes, what does she take with her out of the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the final scene? What does confess, and what does the Woman interpret this to mean?

2. What does the Woman say about her flowers in Scene 2?

3. What does the Woman tell the Man to do at the end of the third scene, and what does she do to the man?

4. What is changing in the relationship between the Man and the Woman in the fourth scene?

5. What does the Woman say about her name?

6. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

7. What chore does the Man help the Woman with that he becomes excited about, and how does he react when he completes his task?

8. How does the Man answer when the Woman asks him what his name is, and what name does the Woman give him?

9. What does the Woman say in the final scene that she wanted to do for the Man, and what did she not want to do?

10. What are the Woman and the Man doing at the beginning of Scene 1, and what are they talking about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Woman's vase and flowers have great meaning and influence on the plot of the play. She is very protective of her flowers and vase, and they serve to be the only source of decoration in the set. With support from examples of the play, answer the following:

1) What do the flowers and the vase symbolize in the play?

2) Why does the Man take a flower from the vase in the first scene? What happens to the stolen flower, and what does that mean in the eyes of the Man?

3) Why does the Woman take such good care of her flowers? How do others, such as the villagers and the Man, perceive this dedication?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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