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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Helen describe the way Jo and Geof have been living?
2. What baby item has Helen ordered for Jo?
3. Why does Jo think the landlady has kicked him out?
4. Where did Helen used to go as a child?
5. What ancestry does Jo claim?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Helen finds out that Jo is engaged and no longer a virgin, she is extremely upset, sharply contrasting her usual flippant attitude. Why does this specific occurrence so upset Helen? Does she see some of herself in Jo? What wisdom does she attempt to impart upon Jo regarding youth?
Essay Topic 2
Helen panics when Jo announces her baby will be black. Why does Helen turn to alcohol? Has this knowledge shattered the brief harmony between mother and daughter? Do you think Helen is coming back to help Jo, or has she washed her hands of the entire situation? Does Helen's recent separation from Peter play into her actions at the end of the play?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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