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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the Woman first say of her knowledge with a sword?
2. What does the Man get out of his pocket at the end of the sixth scene?
3. What does the Man discover happened to him after he stops meditating?
4. What does the Man get rid of for the Woman in Scene 5?
5. Why is the Woman shocked to see the Man when she comes back in Scene 8?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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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