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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How did Sis and A react when their father died?
2. Which of the following was NOT a characteristic of B's husband, according to B's description of him in Act 2, Part 2?
3. Why does A believe that old age is the best time of life?
4. According to B, what is the best time of life?
5. According to A's premonition, when did her son come to see her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The 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 2
Sis is an archetype of the sibling rival. In what ways was A jealous of Sis, or competing with her? What qualities did A have which Sis didn't? How did A feel about the qualities she possessed that Sis didn't? How did their parents treat A and Sis? Was there any difference? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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