Top Girls 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. What weapon does Angie take up in the front yard?

2. What might get in the way of a high-paying, demanding job for Jeanine?

3. Why are the women toasting Marlene?

4. What best describes Marlene's attitude with Jeanine during the interview?

5. What was Nijo's previous occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on what you know about Louise's character, how might she act when she returns to her office today?

2. Why might the author include so few details about the identity of Marlene's lover?

3. How is Angie's presence in Act 2, Scene 3, Part 2 Churchill's reminder of Marlene's determination to succeed?

4. Of the two characters, Joyce and Marlene, which one thinks she made the right decisions in life?

5. Why might Churchill have left Jeanine with the two job possibilities that she did?

6. Why does Marlene become overwrought and have to leave the room when the conversation topic turns to the women's lovers?

7. How is Win's position at Top Girls a positive expression of her power?

8. What genre might be used to describe the play during Act 1? Explain why.

9. What evidence from the play further supports Marlene's stated admiration of Margaret Thatcher?

10. Why might Marlene have asked Joan if she considered not having the baby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ultimately, what sort of achievements are more admirable to Churchill: achievements based on inner independence, strength and courage, or financial and power-based victories? Explain your response with examples and characters from the play.

Essay Topic 2

What is the symbolic significance of Angie's dress seen in Act 2, Scene 3 as well as in other parts of the play as well? How does wearing the dress make Angie feel?

Essay Topic 3

"Top Girls" is the play's title as well as the name of the employment agency where Marlene works. What is the meaning of the title of the play? What ironies exist in this title? Explain your response in detail.

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