The Time of Your Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Krupp?

2. What does Joe say stopped him from crying as a young boy when his mother died?

3. For whom does Joe call out and then whistle for?

4. What is the letter on the front of Willie's sweater?

5. Why does Nick think so many different types of people come to his bar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Joe described in Act 1?

2. How does Kitty take advantage of Tom's naivete and feelings of love for her?

3. Explain Tom's discomfort in engaging in Kitty's daydreams.

4. How is Nick's character further revealed in Act 4?

5. How does Blick intimidate Kitty into humiliating behavior?

6. How does the usually skeptical Joe know that Tom and Kitty love each other?

7. What job does Nick agree to pay Wesley to do?

8. What betting advice does Joe give Nick in Act 2?

9. On what topic does Tom uncharacteristically challenge Joe?

10. What is the setting for Act 5?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE is set in 1939--following the Great Depression in America and before the start of World War II. What impact did these two major events have on Saroyan? What impact did they have on his work, especially THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Nick, Joe, Tom and Kitty. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the play's title. What did the author mean by calling the play THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE? Cite an example to support your answer.

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