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 is the principle concern that Claire's visitors come to speak to her about in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. Who tries to speak up to the reporters in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. Who does Claire recall that Ill used to buy cigarettes from in their youth?

4. Who does the Schoolmaster say he is an admirer of in Act 3, Scene 2?

5. Who does Ill tell the Priest to pray for in Act 3, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the mayor tell Ill in Act 3, Scene 2 when offering him the gun?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the elements of Absurdism, Epic Theater, Satire, and Comedy in The Visitor. Name specific examples of each within the text and define the terms in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What do the townspeople sing in the final chorus of the play? How does this represent the author's views of poverty in comparison to greed?

Essay Topic 3

What opinion of religion does the author express in the play? How is this thematically and symbolically represented?

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