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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 asks most of the questions during Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What religion is Nijo?

3. The job Jeanine will interview for with less pay also offers:

4. Which character used to love getting dressed?

5. Why did Angie choose to wear the particular dress that she chooses at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does Marlene really thinks Angie is stupid and strange?

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

5. How does the Mrs. Kidd's character parallel Joyce's character?

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

7. What is Marlene's power revealed in Act 2, Scene 3, Part 1, and why is this considered a power?

8. How does Louise's character parallel Joan's character?

9. Does the close of Act 2, Scene 1 show Marlene interacting with Jeanine in a positive or negative light?

10. Why might Joan have taken a lover when she was Pope?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 2, Scene 3, Part 2, Marlene is confronted by two different consequences of her determination to succeed. Explain these two consequences and how she attempts to effectively deal with them. Do you think she is successful in her attempts to cope both in appearance and in regards to her inner emotional state? Give specific examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How is Griselda's character a contrast to the other women in Act 1? What is Griselda's purpose is for being in the play?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 3, Part 1, how does Marlene fight to keep Joyce from convincing her that she made the wrong choices? Consider specific words and actions she delivers to stand her ground.

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