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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How did A kill time while she was bedridden after breaking her back?
2. What does C remember her mother telling her in Act 2, Part 1?
3. What metaphor does B use for middle age?
4. What comment does C make regarding A/B's son?
5. In Act 2, Part 1, C tells B that it is hard to consider what?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
C 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 2
A turning point in the play was when A had her stroke at the end of Act 1. What are the changes that take place for A between Act 1 and Act 2 (aside from the obvious)? How does her stroke enable her to begin to come to terms with her past? Would she be able to make these changes in her character in any other way? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
A, B, and C are female characters in different stages of life, but they are also archetypes. What do they each represent? What qualities do they possess? Are the qualities each woman possesses common to all women in her stage of life? Why or why not? Do you think A, B, and C are accurate archetypes? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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