A Taste of Honey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 has Helen chosen this apartment?

2. Since the move, what is the difference in travel time for Jo's trip to school?

3. What is Jo's relationship to Helen?

4. What has Peter brought specifically for Jo?

5. What is one of the items Jo finds in her boyfriend's pocket?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is more suited for motherhood: Geof or Jo?

3. Describe the dream Jo has about Helen.

4. Why is Jo's boyfriend concerned about meeting Helen?

5. Where does Jo want to have the baby?

6. What does the contents of Peter's wallet reveal about him?

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

8. From where are Jo's boyfriend's ancestors? Does Jo find this attractive?

9. Who was Jo's first love, as she admits to Helen in Scene 1?

10. Describe Jo and Helen's new neighborhood.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Helen has abandoned Jo again at the end of the play, perhaps never to return, Jo is comforted by Geof's nursery rhyme. How can she remain calm, though in labor and completely alone? What has Jo learned about love in the play from Geof? From Helen? From Peter? Do you think Jo is ready for her biracial baby in 1950s England?

Essay Topic 2

Jo and Geof each feel like misfits, and exist outside of societal expectations. How does this shape their relationship? While individually they are "outside the norm," when they are together they describe each other as "unique" and "unlike anyone else." How do they inspire confidence in one another?

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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