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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How were A and her son able to reconcile?
2. What does C remember her mother telling her in Act 2, Part 1?
3. How did A's husband behave after A broke her back?
4. How does A respond to what C says to her in Act 2, Part 4?
5. How did Sis and A react when their father died?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1C is offended by A's use of racist words throughout the play. B defends A, saying that the words don't mean anything, they are just the words that A learned to use. Does this excuse A's use of the words? Do you think that A's use of these words is malicious or, as B says, unconscious? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2The figures of the son and the husband are archetypes for males. Despite their difference in age they share many qualities, which is why the pronoun "he" is used interchangeably to refer to both of them. What are the qualities that the son and husband share? How does A view them both? What message is Albee sending the audience about males in general? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3A and her son had a falling-out, which was a result of many things that happened between them. How did her son's sexuality influence A's relationship with him? How did it affect their relationship when the son confronted A with his knowledge of her affair? Why? What other factors affected their relationship? What enabled them to reconcile? Was it a true reconciliation? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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