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 the world turned her into in Act 3?

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

3. What does Claire call her ninth husband?

4. Who does not raise a hand in the vote in Act 3, Scene 4?

5. Why does the reporter ask the Mayor to redo the vote in Act 3, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is expressed in the final song of the play?

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

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

6. What does Durrenmatt say regarding the setting 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 Claire reveal to her guests in Act 3, Scene 1 regarding Guellen?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the author's notes in the postscript describing the approach to direction and performance of the play. What elements are essential? What should not be emphasized too deeply?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the elements of tragedy in the play. What staging characteristics are similar to Greek Tragedy? What themes are relevant to both?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of power and control in the play. How does Claire embody this theme? What choices has she made which contribute to this?

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