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. The author in the postscript says that under the circumstances of the play he is not sure of what?

2. Who enters to speak to Claire in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. How does the author say the characters speak in the final scene in the postscript?

4. Why does the reporter ask the Mayor to redo the vote in Act 3, Scene 4?

5. What is Ill doing upstairs in Act 3, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Durrenmatt say regarding the setting of the play?

2. What is absurd about the proposition made to Claire in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. How is Claire's love of power revealed in Act 3, Scene 1?

4. What does Ill thank Claire for in Act 3, Scene 3?

5. What are Ill's final requests before dying?

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

7. What does Ill ask Claire about in Act 3, Scene 3? What is her reply?

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

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

10. What conclusion has Ill come to in Act 3, Scene 2? Who does he discuss this with in his shop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in The Visit. What are some examples of foreshadowing established as early as Act 1, Scene 1? What does this dialogue foretell?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the elements of tragedy in the play. What staging characteristics are similar to Greek Tragedy? What themes are relevant to both?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the plot of the play. Where is the exposition, rising action, climax, and denouement?

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