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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The play can be defined as a tragedy. The death of the Woman and the loneliness and suffering of the characters dramatically shape the plot of the play. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the author create a feeling of misfortune and doom throughout the play?

2) How does the fate of the characters create a tragic ending?

3) In your opinion, was the fate of the Man and the Woman inevitable? Does this make the ending more or less tragic?

Essay Topic 3

The Man and the Woman start as strangers, but their relationship evolves into something much different. Respond to the following using examples from the play to support your answer:

1) How does the relationship of the Man and the Woman change from when they first meet to the middle of the play? How does the relationship change from the middle of the play to the end of the story?

2) What influences the change in the relationship between the characters? Do they both long for the same thing? Do they both fear the same thing?

3) How does the relationship between the Man and the Woman affect the Man after the Woman's death?

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