Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is not among the "damnedest" drinks that Geroge says Martha used to prefer?

2. How many of Nick's father-in-law's churches burned down?

3. What attribute of Nick and Honey's does George comment on as they ring the doorbell?

4. What attribute makes Martha's stepmother like a witch?

5. Which two descriptors does Martha confuse in comparing biology and math?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the progress of Martha's drinking habits, according to George.

2. What does George do at the end of Martha's boxing story?

3. What is Martha's reaction to Get the Guests?

4. What is the room's reaction to George's claims that Nick plans to alter the world's chromosomes?

5. How does George describe Martha's father?

6. Describe Honey.

7. In what ways do George and Martha disagree about the particulars of their son?

8. Where does the title of the play come from?

9. Describe the chaos that occurs at the end of Act 1.

10. Describe the movie that Martha references at the beginning of the play.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) To what extent are Nick and Honey surrogates for the audience? What can characters who are not acclimated to the setting of the play have in common with the viewer and what can they do that the viewer cannot? Cite examples from the text to justify your thesis.

2.) How did George and Martha come to the point at which they are when the play begins? Begin with a description of their living arrangement, and use individual events in their marriage as a frame for the essay.

3.) How do we grow to understand George and Martha as sympathetic characters by the end of the play when almost all they say is a lie? Write an essay in the defense of unreliable protagonists, citing specifics from the text as evidence.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the three games that the are played over the course of the play. Who drives the game, and what is its objective:

Part 1) Humiliate the Host

Part 2) Get the Guests

Part 3) Bringing Up Baby

Essay Topic 3

The past is an ambiguous thing in Albee's play. It is never entirely concrete and often changes depending on the speaker. Write a paragraph about each of the following stories told by a character about the past. How does the story change with each telling? Is the story true in any way?

Part 1) The story of Nick and Honey's courtship

Part 2) The story of George's tragic schoolfriend

Part 3) The story of George and Martha's son's childhood

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