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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. In Act 1, Scene 3, which character does FDR ask to come to the hospital on Thursday morning?
2. Which character does Sara accuse of riding on FDR's coattails?
3. What diagnosis does Dr. Lovett give for FDR's condition?
4. How does FDR plan on going up the stairs at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?
5. Where is FDR being transported to in Act 1, Scene 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does FDR refer to Jimmy as a "man of iron"?
2. Describe FDR in Act 1, Scene 1.
3. What concerns do both FDR and Al Smith have about the assistance he will provide Smith?
4. Describe Sara.
5. Describe Missy LeHand.
6. What is the significance of FDR changing into his leg braces in Act 3, Scene 2?
7. Describe Eleanor.
8. Why does Mr. Lassiter oppose Al Smith's bid for the presidency?
9. What does FDR mean in Act 1, Scene 1, when he asks Eleanor to keep him from "getting into deep water"?
10. Why does FDR continue to conduct business throughout his illness?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the use of symbolism in the play. What is the significance of FDR's 10 steps? Discuss the significance of FDR's need to stand for the duration of his speech. What is the significance of FDR's crawling? Discuss the significance of the progress FDR makes emotionally by becoming physically independent.
Essay Topic 2
To what higher purpose does FDR feel he is called? What role does FDR's paralysis play in his decision to follow his new purpose in life? What skills or virtues has he learned that will prepare him for his new purpose? How does FDR's new purpose affect the other characters?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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