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 claim must not be overlooked in the character of Claire?

2. What kind of cigarettes does the butcher buy in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What does Claire say her marriage to Hoby was?

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

5. What does the author write gives rise to speech in the postscript?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Durrenmatt say in reference to allegory or symbolism in the postscript?

4. What does Claire respond to the offer in Act 3, Scene 1?

5. Who begins to tell the truth to the press in Act 3, Scene 2? Who stops him?

6. Why is the vote held twice in the final scene? Why do the reporters leave?

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

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

9. What is the outcome of the vote in Act 3, Scene 4? How do the townspeople justify it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the overall irony of The Visit. What in the outcome of the play is ironic about the two main characters and their situations?

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