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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. Why does Helen love the dark?

2. What is the title of one of the movies Helen sees in the paper?

3. What is Helen's reaction to Jo's dream?

4. How does Helen feel when she discovers Jo's ring?

5. What part of England is the apartment in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Helen's main complaint about Jo?

2. Does Jo think Geof has been a good influence on her?

3. Why has Peter Smith followed Helen to the new apartment?

4. What happens to Geof whenever Helen is around?

5. How would you describe Helen's parenting strategy?

6. How is the way Jo treats her boyfriend reminiscent of the way Helen treats Peter?

7. Why is Helen in ill health?

8. How does Peter feel about Jo in the first scene?

9. Why does Jo attack Peter, half-laughing, half-crying?

10. Why doesn't Jo want her boyfriend to kiss her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Geof, while ultimately overpowered by Helen, is a very complex character. Do a character study on Geof, examining his motives, actions, statements, and reactions, specifically in regards to his relationship to Jo. Why does he wilt so easily around Helen? Why does he allow a drunken Peter to insult and berate him?

Essay Topic 2

Though Jo outwardly despises Helen much of the time, she is also desperate for Helen's attention. How does she attempt to get attention from Helen? Can some of her bratty behavior be attributed to needing Helen's love? Is Helen entirely obtuse when it comes to Jo's attention deprivation, or does she simply choose not to notice?

Essay Topic 3

Peter is arguably the least-developed character in the play. While the others have complex emotional paths, Peter is very clearly a womanizer and a drunk. Why do you think Delaney included this two-dimensional character with her other well-rounded and developed characters? Do you think Peter is meant to be underdeveloped?

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