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

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

3. Why does Marlene want Jeanine to get a job?

4. Why do people think Angie is strange?

5. What was Walter's final test of his wife's love?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Mrs. Kidd's claim that Howard needs the increase in salary?

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

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

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

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

6. How is Marlene compared to her coworker Howard by the other women in the office?

7. What sort of metaphor can be drawn from Dull Gret's journey into hell?

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

9. What evidence from the play supports Marlene's eagerness to show her admiration for people who have tried to make something of themselves?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In thinking about Act 2, what evidence is there of the women act as bullies towards each other? Consider different groups of women in your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

How does Marlene's struggle for power have a domino-effect on other characters in her office and/or her personal life?

Essay Topic 3

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

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