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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Lee keep getting tangled?
2. Where are Lee and Austin sitting?
3. What has the old man lost?
4. Why does Lee not like calling the operator?
5. Why has Saul given Lee a gift?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Lee's speech has a markedly "country" dialect, a sharp contrast with Austin's clipped style of speech in the beginning. Take a look back through the dialogue and pinpoint the instance where Austin begins to speak like his brother, with a slight twang. What are the implications of this change?
Essay Topic 2
Austin is an idealist, and even in the midst of his breakdown he thinks about the people without typewriters and golf clubs. Is he experiencing twinges of yuppie guilt? Pick specific instances from the text that lead you to believe one way or another.
Essay Topic 3
Austin physically assaults Lee in the end to get what he wants. While Lee threatened to assault Austin throughout the play, he never actually did. How does this represent a turning point for Austin? For the brothers' relationship? How will the play end after the lights go down? Will the brothers reconcile? Will there be a fight? Will they each survive?
This section contains 305 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)