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 writes in the postscript that Ill's family is not wicked, only what?

2. In the postscript, the author writes that "just as any creature is sealed off inside its skin, so the play is sealed off inside ____."

3. The author in the postscript says the characters speak as befits what in the final scene?

4. Where was the Schoolmaster offered a job in Act 3, Scene 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Claire's final words to Ill in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "motif" and "symbolism" in the play. How does the author use these techniques to represent thematic ideas?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine and analyze the character of Ill. How does this character come to embody a tragic hero? What transition does he make in the course of the play?

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