Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Discuss the factors that motivate the characters in the play. How do these motivations develop and change through the course of the play? What lessons are learned by the characters as their motivations change?
2. Discuss how the settings of the play are designed to affect the mood of the drama. How do the characters' placement onstage (blocking) affect the mood of the play? What effects do the changes of environment have on the characters in the play, particularly in regard to FDR's recuperation? How do mood and setting help express...
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