The Visit: A Tragi-comedy Test | Final 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. What does the author state that Ill ultimately receives in the end of the play?

2. What does Ill ask for in his final moments in Act 3, Scene 4?

3. Where is tea being served to the ladies after the vote in Act 3, Scene 4?

4. What does the Schoolmaster claim the town is "not" moved by in its actions in Act 3, Scene 4?

5. Whose performance in the choir does Claire remark upon in Act 3, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Ill's character undergone a drastic change in Act 3, Scene 2?

2. How did the child of Ill and Claire die?

3. How does Durrenmatt say he relates to the characters of the play in the postscript?

4. What does Durrenmatt mean regarding "not imposing excessive meaning" in the postscript?

5. What does Claire reveal to her guests in Act 3, Scene 1 regarding Guellen?

6. What is the author's point in writing the postscript?

7. What are Claire's final words to Ill in Act 3, Scene 3?

8. What is revealed about the townspeople in the final scene of the play?

9. What plea do the visitors make to Claire in Act 3, Scene 1?

10. How does Act 3, Scene 3 change the tone of the play and the reader's view of the main characters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of denial in The Visit. Who principally exhibits this theme and why? How does this theme relate to the historical significance of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the character of Claire to that of Medea, whom is mentioned on multiple occasions in the play. How are they similar?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss "motif" and "symbolism" in the play. How does the author use these techniques to represent thematic ideas?

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