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

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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

The collapse of inhibitions - mostly, but not exclusively, as a result of drink - is a key driver of action in the play. Write an essay about the disappearance of inhibitions as time goes on:

Part 1) Examine the character of Honey. How is the entirety of her character arc a breaking down of inhibitions leading to her final admission in Act 3.

Part 2) How does the relationship between Nick and Martha change over the course of the play as a result of the breaking down of inhibitions?

Part 3) How is George's revelation about his child the ultimate collapse of his and Martha's inhibitions?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about Nick's character arc. How does he change from the beginning of the play to the end? What has he learned about himself, his career, and his marriage, and what has he lost?

Essay Topic 3

Nick and Honey are, in many ways, representations of George and Martha at a younger age. They are more hopeful and idealistic about the future. Write an essay about this topic:

Part 1) Nick and George discuss, at length, the possibility of Nick taking over the university. How does the cocky optimism of Nick represent the same ambitions that George had at his age?

Part 2) How does Honey's desire for a child and her history with conception mirror that of Martha?

Part 3) Which relationship do you believe knows more about each other?

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