Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Test | 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. What does George think is the name of the film Martha is referencing?

2. Who answers the door when Nick and Honey arrive?

3. George mentions an old professor of Latin who recently died on campus. Where was he when he died?

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

5. What was George's relationship to the President of the university when Martha married him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the admonishments that George gives Martha in this section?

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

4. Why does George kill their son?

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

6. What happened to George's school friend who killed his mother?

7. How does George explain his son's habit of throwing up?

8. What is the topic of the book that Martha's father would not let George publish?

9. How does Martha describe Nick and Honey?

10. Describe George's reaction to Martha's seduction of Nick.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playful objects became emotional weapons. Write an essay about how each of the following items generally associated with play and kindness become hurtful:

Part 1) The toy gun

Part 2) The record player

Part 3) The flowers

Essay Topic 2

What is the meaning of the song "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Use specific instances in the play when it is used by characters, and examine why they sing it. Use these instances to justify your thesis as to the song's meaning.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the characters have nervous habits: Martha chews ice, Honey peels labels, etc. Write an essay on the significance of these nervous tick to the action of the play. What do they say about the character and about the themes of the work?

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