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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 Evans' mother want Nina to do?

2. Who is Nina writing a letter to at the beginning of Act 3?

3. Who says, "How we poor monkeys hide from ourselves behind the sounds of called words"?

4. Who calls thoughts, "mosquitoes of the soul"?

5. What does Nina write about not liking in her letter in Act 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Darrell's thoughts reveal about his feelings toward Nina and their situation in Act 5?

2. What does Gordon do with Darrell's birthday present? Why?

3. What does Marsden contemplate about Darrell at the beginning of Act 6? Where has Marsden been?

4. When does Mrs. Evans say that Nina will see her again? Why?

5. What does Leeds do at the end of Act 1? What are his thoughts?

6. How does Nina feel about Evans in Act 4? How does this relate to her pregnancy?

7. How does Darrell feel toward Evans in Act 5? What does he plan to do at the end of the act?

8. What are Marsden's thoughts at the beginning of Act 1?

9. What has happened between Acts 5 and 6? Who reveals the exposition at the beginning of this act?

10. What does Nina tease Marsden about in Act 6 that makes him angry? How does he react?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the "non-character" of Gordon (the first). How does this character affect the action of the play? How is he regarded by the characters in the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss O'Neill's use of soliloquy in Strange Interlude. How was this portrayed on stage? What insights does this technique lend the audience as opposed to plays without employing this technique?

Essay Topic 3

What does "Oedipal Complex" mean? How does this theory play out thematically in Strange Interlude? Who most embodies this term?

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