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. How does Angie feel about her aunt?

2. Which character thinks that good works are most important?

3. Where does Angie's aunt live?

4. What is the consequence of Joan's birth experience?

5. Which new guest arrives during Act 1, Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Louise her own worst enemy during her job interview?

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

4. How did Nell react to Shona's attempt to take control during their interview?

5. Why might Joyce have been so short with Marlene on her visit?

6. Describe a unique feature of Act 1's dialogue, and why it may be presented/designed this way.

7. How might Marlene have reacted if she had a husband like Walter?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the play's individualized characters and realistic dialogue create a heightened theatrical reality? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How does the interview between Marlene and Jeanine define the conflicts and sacrifices that women in the early 1980s encountered in the post-feminist world?

Essay Topic 3

How could the scene between Angie and Kit in Act 2, Scene 3, Part 1 serves as a statement that the characters find femininity in general to be gross? Consider three examples in your analysis.

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