Sweat: Play Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lynn Nottage
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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. Who has Brucie come to the bar to see when he is first told that Chris has gained admittance to college?

2. When the bartender takes Jessie's keys away, where does he put them?

3. What adjective does Brucie use to describe how Chris has always been?

4. At what age does Jason say he plans to retire from Olstead's?

5. How long did Stan spend in the hospital, during which time no Olstead managers contacted him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chris mean when he says, "A man gotta have one vice that keeps him hungry" (30), and how is his choice of vice different from his father Brucie's?

2. Why does Cynthia decide to pursue the open management position at Olstead's?

3. What is the author's purpose in using Tracey's character to express racist views directly to Oscar, rather than using a character like Jessie?

4. How does Jason demonstrate a lack of awareness about white privilege during his conversation about college with Chris?

5. Characterize Evan's methods of performing his job as a parole officer.

6. How is irony present in Jason's complaint when he says, "Fucking union got all our money tied up in benefits and shit, don't have nothing left for fun" (29)?

7. How is the theme of abject desperation demonstrated through Stan's reporting of the newspaper story about town citizen Freddy Brunner?

8. Explain the different reactions of Chris and Jason to their respective post-prison stresses.

9. Why does Stan say that his work injury had been the best thing to ever happen to him?

10. What is the author's purpose in depicting Stan and Tracey as having been involved sexually before they had become friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the play, the last set of stage directions reads, "There's apology in their eyes, but Chris and Jason are unable to conjure words just yet. The four men, uneasy in their bodies, await the next moment in a fractured togetherness" (112). How does this final set of stage directions connect to the themes inherent in the play?

Essay Topic 2

All of the characters in this play have specific yet varied relationships with money. Examine the theme of money in this play and how it affects the various characters.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the playwright's messages concerning the nature of security. Does she indicate that it is dangerous or crucial? Choose one adjective and prove its validity using concrete details from the play.

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