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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Nettie doing as Act 1, Scene 3 ends?
(a) Crying.
(b) Picking up the roses.
(c) Yelling.
(d) Looking at the roses.

2. What story is told in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) The story of Timmy's first birthday.
(b) The story of Nettie and John's marriage.
(c) The story of how Nettie and John met.
(d) The story of how Timmy was born.

3. How are Timmy and John feeling at the start of Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) They are depressed.
(b) They are drunk.
(c) They are upset.
(d) They are sick.

4. What are John and Timmy doing as they enter the apartment in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Arguing.
(b) Chatting.
(c) Laughing.
(d) Singing.

5. What is John wondering as he and Timmy talk about the war in the second scene of Act 1?
(a) What kind of politician he would make.
(b) How the war ended so quickly.
(c) Why the war lasted so long.
(d) What kind of soldier he would make.

Short Answer Questions

1. What room is John Cleary standing in as the play begins?

2. What are Timmy and John singing as Nettie calls for their attention?

3. What is Timmy doing when the play opens?

4. Why does John think that he and Nettie will have good times?

5. What was the result of the game John and Timmy saw?

Short Essay Questions

1. What symbolic act does Nettie make with the roses at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?

2. Where does Nettie say she has been for twelve hours, and what reason does she give for her return?

3. How do Timmy and John's actions when Nettie enters the apartment in Act 1, Scene 2 illustrate her place in the family?

4. What does the ending of "The Subject was Roses" lead the reader to believe might happen?

5. What is John doing with Timmy's army jacket in Scene 1, and why?

6. What similar decision do both Timmy and John make in Act 2, Scene 1, and why do they make it?

7. What happened to Timmy the night before, and how does that lead to Nettie's criticism of John in Act 1, Scene 1?

8. What decision does Timmy make at the end of the last scene, and how does his father surprise him?

9. What is the basic difference between the way Nettie and John look at Timmy, as outlined in the beginning of the play?

10. What does Nettie describe to Timmy about the job she almost took before she met John, and why is it significant?

(see the answer keys)

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