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. From what passage of the bible did the Priest make a sermon in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. What does Claire say of Sunshine Square in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. Where does Mrs. Ill tell the reporters her husband is in Act 3, Scene 2?

4. The author states in the postscript that the townspeople must emphatically not be portrayed as what?

5. What establishment did Claire send the eunuchs to in Act 3, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Act 3, Scene 2, how do the townspeople view Ill?

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

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

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

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

9. What takes place in the climax of the play? Where is this scene located?

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

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

Examine the play in the context of European history in the Post-WWII era. How did the war and its aftermath influence the author?

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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