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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 Act 2, Scene 1 end?

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

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

4. Jeanine can best be described as:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the bullying going on in Act 2, Scene 2.

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. What is the significance of the menstrual blood exchange between Kit and Angie? Are they trying to prove anything here?

9. What is ironic about Angie's worship of Marlene?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

How is the way that Marlene has defined her power in the world different from or similar to the way that Nijo, Joan, Isabella, and Gret did? In terms of how their power was attained, which woman or women are truly the "Top Girls"?

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