The Verge Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the embrace, what complaint does one character make about the others who have left the room?

2. Which two characters embrace at the end of Act 2?

3. What does Tom say regarding what Claire has admitted?

4. Who raised Elizabeth?

5. Which character practices meditation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the primary theme of the play? How is the theme supported by setting and plot?

Essay Topic 2

Given Claire's disdain for traditional womanly roles such as being a good wife, a loving mother, or a proper hostess, what values might she admire in a woman and aspire to for herself? How do these values uphold the general tone of the play in which Claire's unrest represents the struggles of women in the early days of the Women's Movement?

Essay Topic 3

Is Claire, a clear failure as a wife and mother, a suitable role model for women of the time period? Why does the playwright choose to make her protagonist act so coldly toward her family?

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