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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. Where had Felix gotten the world map that he and Jessie used to use as a sort of talisman connected to their dreams of travel?
2. In what county does Oscar tell Tracey he was born, much to her surprise?
3. What do the managers at Olstead's do in order to create an opportunity for contract renegotiation?
4. On what holiday do Chris and Jason hear that Olstead's has moved half of their machines out of the factory?
5. When Cynthia recalls how Jessie had looked when they first met, what folk singer does she say Jessie looked like?
Short Essay Questions
1. What emotion does Cynthia express to Chris that she has been feeling since his incarceration?
2. What evidence is there that Tracey did not visit Jason while he was incarcerated and how does this fact contrast with Cynthia's actions?
3. What reasons does Cynthia use to back up her assertion that the workers should take the concessions that will be offered by Olstead's, even if they are harsh?
4. What does Cynthia say is the reason she has not seen Tracey and Jessie as often as she used to before the labor dispute?
5. How does the mood of Jessie's birthday party change when Tracey arrives?
6. What does Cynthia say is the only upside of the trouble at Olstead's during the labor dispute?
7. What reasons does Brucie give Chris when he gives him the advice to take the small concessions offered by Olstead's?
8. What does Chris's habitual asking of which beers the bar has on tap reveal about his character and worldview?
9. After the factory lock-out, what hypothesis does Cynthia share with Stan about why she may have been hired in the first place?
10. Why do Chris and Jason rush from the bar toward the factory on the Fourth of July?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the play's messages regarding nostalgia and the dangers inherent in the emotion.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the playwright's use of the two sets of character foils in the play: Chris and Jason, and Cynthia and Tracey. What purposes do these two sets of character foils serve in the play?
Essay Topic 3
The playwright begins the play with an excerpt from a Langston Hughes poem. Explain how this poem excerpt relates to the play and how it reflects the play's themes.
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