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. When Joan went into labor, what did she think was happening?

2. What was Walter's secret?

3. What might get in the way of a job with a lot of travel for Jeanine?

4. What happened to Nijo's child?

5. Which character interrupts Joan several times during the telling of her story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Act 1, Part 2 ending with the waitress clearing the table?

2. Based on what you know of Marlene's character from the play, do you think she would do things differently if she had the chance?

3. How does Angie's desperation to connect with her aunt manifest itself through lies in Act 3, Part 1?

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

5. How does Churchill portray women in dynamic and unlikely spiritual roles?

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

7. What is Joyce's attitude toward and about Angie in Act 2, Scene 2?

8. What evidence from the play supports Marlene's reason for bringing such nice gifts to the house when it was not Christmas or anyone's birthday?

9. What is Marlene's reaction towards her visitors in Act 2, Scene 3, Part 2?

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

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

"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.

Essay Topic 3

How does the subject matter of babies help define Marlene's character? Consider Marlene's association or disassociation with the other women's experiences in Act 1.

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