The Subject Was Roses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Frank D. Gilroy
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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 Timmy make decisions, according to John?

2. What is interesting about the howls at the end of the second scene of Act 1?

3. What do Timmy and John do after Nettie responds to the roses?

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

5. What are Timmy and John drinking in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does John give Timmy for why he should stay?

2. How is John acting towards Nettie in the third scene of Act 1, and what is her response?

3. What is the family planning to do at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. What is interesting about the way John and Timmy react to Nettie's disappearance?

5. How does Timmy tell John about the purse full of coins, and what is his father's response?

6. What is the setting and date for "The Subject was Roses", and why are they significant?

7. How does Nettie describe John's early business sense?

8. What is the way Timmy views his father and his family, according to the speech he gives in Act 2, Scene 2?

9. How does the breakfast of Nettie and John in the beginning of Act 2 have a shaky start?

10. How do Nettie and John talk about Timmy's drinking in Act 2, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John's view of Timmy and his drinking change later in the play. Explain how the family members have switched places, the reason why, and what that does to the plot. In addition, what do you think has led each family member to change? Does any one of them not change as much, or not at all?

Essay Topic 2

The play ends with John making a surprising decision about Timmy staying or leaving. Describe what John has gone through during the entire play and why he chooses for Timmy to go. What does that illustrate for the family in general? How are each member of the family different as a result of the events in the play? Which characters have changed the most or least? What do you think is likely to happen to Timmy? How might his life be different? How did Nettie respond to the ending? What does that indicate a possible future is for her and her marriage?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the realization that Timmy makes at the end of Act 2, Scene 3. What does it mean for each one of the characters and why is it important to the main theme of the play? Why did the author choose Timmy as the character to draw this conclusion about the family's situation? What does it signify in Timmy's character?

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