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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. Who does Eben call on to take vengeance on Abbie for her deception?

2. What is Evans' first name?

3. Ephraim taunts Eben about the farm, saying that Abbie did what in order to get it for herself in Part 3 of Desire Under the Elms?

4. What does Ephraim say he'd turn free when he died?

5. In what room of the house does Part 2, Scene 3 of Desire Under the Elms take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symbolism of the fence on the Cabot farm in Desire Under the Elms.

2. What does Darrell tell Marsden about Nina's behavior at the hospital in Strange Interlude?

3. How does Gordon feel about Darrell in Act 7 of Strange Interlude? How does he respond to Darrell's comments about Evans?

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

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

6. What do Evans and his mother talk about in Act 3 of Strange Interlude? What does she ask him about Nina?

7. What does Nina reveal in reading aloud her letter in Act 3 of Strange Interlude?

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

9. In Part 2 of Desire Under the Elms, how does Abbie attempt to rectify her relationship with Eben? Who does she refer to with disdain?

10. What do Marsden's thoughts reveal about Gordon in Act 4 of Strange Interlude? Why did he suggest that Nina write a biography about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the style and use of soliloquy in Strange Interlude. How is this play stylistically different than the others in the collection?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the characters of Ephraim and Eben in Desire Under the Elms. How are these men alike? How are they different? What actions does each commit through the play?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the plot arc of the play, Desire Under the Elms. Who is the protagonist of this play, and in what ways do the events revolve around this character? Define Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution in your answer.

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