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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. Kit and Angie argue over whose mother is:

2. What religion is Nijo?

3. According to Marlene, the story of Griselda's marriage begins like a:

4. What was Walter's secret?

5. Which part of the meal do the women order during Act 1, Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What might the future hold for Marlene, and what clues in the story support your answer?

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

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

8. What parallel can be drawn between Jeanine and Marlene?

9. How does Shona attempt to take control during her interview with Nell?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the women in Act 1 serve as manifestations of particular aspects of the life of Marlene? Select three characters in your essay.

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

Consider the following theme: Women have come a long way from being reviled for their independence. How is this theme displayed by the characters and their actions in the play?

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