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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Claire's opinion regarding typical female roles?
2. Which is the best description of Tom?
3. What does Tom say will happen to communication between himself and Claire?
4. What does Harry realize after Claire begs another character to take her away?
5. Who raised Elizabeth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Why is the play titled, "The Verge"? The main characters are on the verge of what? The greenhouse plants are on the verge of what? Society is on the verge of what?
Essay Topic 3
Claire's husband, Harry, seems to find insight into Claire's needs and motivations only after he sees that she has strangled Tom. Why did this murderous action prompt understanding when her work with the plants did not?
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