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 Claire say you have husbands for in Act 3, Scene 3?

2. What was the name of the child which Claire bore?

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

4. What does Ill cry out after the vote in Act 3, Scene 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who meets Claire in Act 3, Scene 1? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who has arrived in the town in Act 3, Scene 2? What is the townspeople's concern about this?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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