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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. What does Darrell hate about Gordon in Act 7 of Strange Interlude?

2. What does Ephraim compare Abbie's eyes to?

3. Where does Act 3 take place in Strange Interlude?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do Abbie and Eben say to one another alone in the beginning of Part 3 in Desire Under the Elms?

4. 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?

5. What happens in the falling action and resolution of Desire Under the Elms?

6. What does the argument over the estate devolve to between the brothers in Part 1 of Desire Under the Elms?

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

8. Who is Eben said to resemble in Desire Under the Elms?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the setting of each of the three plays affects the action and the characters. How are the settings different in the plays? What correlates to each? Discuss era and historical period in your answer as well as location.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the themes of Desire Under the Elms to those of Strange Interlude. What themes exist in both plays? How do they differ thematically?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of "Interlude" in the play, Strange Interlude. What does this theme and title phrase refer to? How is it manifested in Nina?

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