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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. As the baby grew inside of Joan, she:

2. Which topic of conversation is not mentioned in the beginning of the play?

3. How did Nijo feel when the Emperor died?

4. Who is the main storyteller of Act 1, Part 2?

5. Where does Joyce want the girls to go while they are in the yard?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why might Churchill have shown Angie talking one moment about plans to kill her mother and plans to go to the movies the next moment?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the subject matter of babies help define Marlene's character? Consider Marlene's association or disassociation with the other women's experiences in Act 1.

Essay Topic 2

"Top Girls" is the play's title as well as the name of the employment agency where Marlene works. What is the meaning of the title of the play? What ironies exist in this title? Explain your response in detail.

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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