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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. How does Mollie react to the sudden and unexpected presence of Philip?

2. What does Philip admit to Mollie that he needs and can't go on living without?

3. What is the main way the character of Sister is different from the character of Philip?

4. What kind of institution do we learn Philip is being released from in the beginning of the play?

5. Who is aghast that John could love Mollie after such a short time?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Mother Lovejoy attempted to help Mollie get to the train station?

2. What is John trying to figure out about the relationship between Mollie and Philip?

3. What happened while Philip was away that affected Paris's emotions and needs?

4. How does Hattie react to seeing Philip back home for the first time?

5. What happens when John re-enters the home after Mother Lovejoy and Sister have returned to bed?

6. Describe the conversation that takes place between father and son when Philip returns home?

7. How does Paris react to Hattie's mention of the word "suicide" in the same sentence as his father's name?

8. What does Mother Lovejoy want Mollie to do and how does she want Mollie to act regarding her relationship with Philip?

9. What does Philip recall about his boyhood?

10. What does Mollie now know for sure about John and their love that the people in her life helped her understand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the time and setting of the play and how the setting has a direct impact on the characters. Name the historical prototypes that are used in the play and describe how the characters represent the time in history in which the play is set. Also, include an analysis of the farmhouse and how it relates to the plot of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Family obligation is a heavy burden for many people. Mollie is passionate over Philip, but also feels a commitment to him because of their past and because of her obvious involvement with his family. Discuss how family obligation can sometimes blind us from our true hearts desire and can serve as the ultimate obstacle to happiness because of the weight of responsibility. How does Mollie represent that weight? Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the Man versus Society conflict that is created through the character of Philip and his doomed and fated career as a writer. How is society at fault, or at partial fault for Philip's demise? Could Philip have turned his life around, despite the societal ramifications? Include the sanatorium, the failed marriage, the failed writing career - all of which put Philip in poor social standing. Explain your answer by using examples from the text.

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