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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. According to Joan, being pope:

2. Angie says that she dreamed:

3. Why did Griselda accept Walter's tests of her love?

4. In what language does Joan pray?

5. How do the dinner guests react to Joan's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Marlene's birthing experience similar to or different from that of Nijo's and Joan's?

2. Why might Griselda have defended her husband's actions?

3. Why does Marlene harp so much on the fact that she left her unpleasant past life behind?

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

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

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

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

8. Before you learn that Shona is lying, does she show that she deserves a chance to be sent on a good job interview? Why?

9. 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?

10. What is Marlene's power revealed in Act 2, Scene 3, Part 1, and why is this considered a power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What prominent metaphor is the feature of Dull Gret's story in Act 1, Part 3? Why does Marlene not participate in this part of the celebration?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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