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. Which character's children were taken away and never returned?

2. As the baby grew inside of Joan, she:

3. What is Angie's secret?

4. Which character does not have a dead lover?

5. By the end of Act 1, Part 3, which woman's story seems the least probable or realistic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the author includes a character like Isabella in the play?

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

3. What might be a more symbolic reason Angie wants all the women to wear the perfume?

4. How is Mrs. Kidd's presence in Act 2, Scene 3, Part 2 a reminder of Marlene's determination to succeed?

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

6. Why might Churchill have written the character of Griselda as arriving late? What might it symbolize?

7. Based on the information given in the play, why might respect for a private life be important to Jeanine?

8. How is Marlene's coworker Win a reflection on her own character?

9. Why might the author include so many dinner guests who have worn men's clothing?

10. How are Joan, Marlene, and Isabella all examples of behaving against the norms of society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Are Churchill's choices in which characters are double-cast with each other intentional? Do the choices help define or confuse the two characters that are played by the same actor?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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