The Verge Test | Mid-Book 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. In the second part of Act 1, who enters after Harry exits?

2. What does the second house guest bring from the house?

3. Which best describes the number of plants in the greenhouse?

4. Who is the first house guest to arrive at the greenhouse?

5. Who is the first character to come onstage in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Claire say to Tom at the end of Act 1?

2. What does Claire repeatedly try to explain to everyone regarding her plants?

3. At the end of Act 2, what does Claire ask of Dick while they embrace?

4. What does Harry realize when he sees that Claire has strangled Tom?

5. Following the exchanges between Claire, Adelaide, and Harry, what does Claire do and how do other characters respond?

6. Regarding Claire's two lovers, what action does she take when she enters the greenhouse?

7. What does Harry realize when Claire runs to Dick?

8. When Claire becomes frustrated with Elizabeth due to her attitude toward the plants, what does Claire do?

9. Why is Claire angry about Tom's declaration?

10. How does Claire respond to Adelaide's criticisms?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the professions of the main male characters reflect or amplify their general personalities. Is it significant that Claire's liaisons outside of marriage are with artistic types?

Essay Topic 2

During the play and in her past, Claire has broken several of the Ten Commandments. And yet, at one point she asks Tom to say something pleasant about God, and at the end of the play she sings hymns. What do these contradictory behaviors reveal about Claire and about the playwright's attitude toward Claire's struggle?

Essay Topic 3

The playwright plays with names in many ways, from naming Claire's love interests as "Tom, Dick, and Harry," to naming the two significant vines in the greenhouse, and even to Tom's last name, "Edgeworthy." Discuss how these name choices serve to reinforce the author's characterizations and symbolism.

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