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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Nina ask to come upstairs and help her pack, in Act 1 of Strange Interlude?
(a) Evans.
(b) Leeds.
(c) Mary.
(d) Marsden.

2. How old is Ephraim's new wife in Desire Under the Elms?
(a) 35.
(b) 27.
(c) 22.
(d) 19.

3. How old is Nina in Act 7 of Strange Interlude?
(a) Forty-one.
(b) Forty-five.
(c) Thirty-five.
(d) Thirty.

4. In what year does Desire Under the Elms take place?
(a) 1840.
(b) 1850.
(c) 1910.
(d) 1776.

5. Who has died in Act 5 in Strange Interlude?
(a) Marsden's mother.
(b) Leeds' brother.
(c) Marsden's sister.
(d) Evans' mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ephraim calls Abbie his what, in Part 2 of Desire Under the Elms?

2. Who is remarked to be a good dancer, in Part 3 of Desire Under the Elms?

3. How old was Ephraim when he came to the farm?

4. How much time passes between Acts 6 and 7 in Strange Interlude?

5. How long has Darrell been away in Act 7 of Strange Interlude?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eben's position in the household contribute to his conflicts over the estate in Desire Under the Elms?

2. How does Evans know Darrell in Strange Interlude? How does he feel about him?

3. What does Ephraim say to Eben in Part 3 of Desire Under the Elms that causes Eben to lash out at Abbie?

4. Describe the conversation between Ephraim and Abbie in their bedroom in Part 2 in Desire Under the Elms. What do the stage directions denote in this scene?

5. How does Darrell feel toward Evans in Act 5 of Strange Interlude? What does he plan to do at the end of the act?

6. What is Abbie doing when Part 3 begins in Desire Under the Elms? What is the talk of the town about?

7. Describe the "character" of Minnie in Desire Under the Elms. What is she representative of?

8. Describe the thematic elements which are shared by Desire Under the Elms and the other plays in the collection.

9. Why does Nina say she's going away in Act 1 of Strange Interlude?

10. What does Abbie confess to Eben in Part 3 in Desire Under the Elms? What is his reaction?

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