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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. Which character wishes FDR could go to Hyde Park to rest?
2. Why does Mr. Howe encourage Missy to pretend that everything is normal around FDR?
3. Which two characters argue about FDR's future at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?
4. In the opening of Act 1, Scene 1, where has FDR been all day?
5. In Act 1, Scene 3, what accent does Mr. Howe use to amuse FDR?
Short Essay Questions
1. What concerns do both FDR and Al Smith have about the assistance he will provide Smith?
2. Why does FDR tell Missy to change his membership status at the Golf Club?
3. Why do FDR and Mr. Howe disagree about the ending of his speech in Act 3, Scene 2?
4. What are FDR's plans for standing during his speech?
5. Why does FDR ask Missy to procure a blueprint of Madison Square Garden?
6. Describe the family's evening entertainment in Act 1, Scene 1.
7. Describe Eleanor.
8. Why does FDR continue to conduct business throughout his illness?
9. Describe FDR and Mr. Howe's relationship.
10. Why does FDR refer to Jimmy as a "man of iron"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the balance between hope and despair evident in the play. How do the action and dialogue of the play affect that balance? How is the balance between hope and despair used to express the themes of the play? In the end, which emotion do the characters experience and why?
Essay Topic 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 the themes being presented as the scenes change?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss FDR's relationship with Sara. Describe the control Sara has over FDR's life, both before and after his illness. What epiphany does FDR have about his mother after his illness? How does FDR's relationship with his mother change after he stands up to her?
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