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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. How old does A think she is?
2. What did A do that Sis objected to?
3. Who is B?
4. Who is sitting at the desk at the beginning of Act 1?
5. Why does C think A is saying she is 91?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of A's rambling and disjointed memories?
2. What happened to A's arm?
3. How does C describe the young man she lost her virginity to?
4. What does A say about her friends in Act 1, Part 3?
5. When C asks for more details about her husband in Act 2, Part 2, how does B describe him?
6. What happens in the premonition that A describes in Act 2, Part 4?
7. What reassurance does C plead with A and B for, in Act 2, Part 4?
8. What accident does A relate in Act 2, Part 3?
9. In Act 1, Part 2, what does C say about A's finances?
10. What is revealed about B and C at the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the second act, it becomes clear that B and C are younger versions of A, and each of them tell their versions of the story. What happened to make A and B so impatient with C's perspective? Was there any defining event that marked the transition from C to B, and from B to A? If so, what was it? If not, what defines these women at each stage of their life? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
A's broken arm is not healing, and the doctors want to amputate, but A refuses. What is the symbolism of A's broken arm, and her refusal to have it amputated? What quality of hers prevents her from following doctor's orders? What other effects has this quality had on her life? How does A's broken arm tie in with the story about her husband's shoulder injury? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Fear of death and making peace with that fear is an important theme in the play. What is C's attitude toward death? What about B's? How does A feel about death? How does her attitude differ from B's and C's? What changes have enabled A to come to terms with her fear of death? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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