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. Which of the following is not a location that George has found Martha's cocktail glasses?

2. To what type of animal does George compare Martha's father?

3. Where did Nick teach before coming to the university where the play is located?

4. How does Nick mispronounce the word "gaggle?"

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe university politics as explained by George.

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

3. Describe the state Honey is in during this scene.

4. What is Martha's plan for the rest of the night, and why aren't she and George going to bed?

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

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

7. Describe Martha's first marriage.

8. Describe Nick.

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

10. Describe Honey.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Fear of reality is a major theme in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Write an essay on this topic and how it affects the action:

Part 1) George frequently tells and retells the story of a boy who accidentally kills his parents and suffers a descent into insanity. In what ways is this based in reality and in what ways is it fictional?

Part 2) Martha creates a detailed and poetic life for her "son." What purpose does this serve for her?

Part 3) How does the final moment of the the play signify a terror at having to face the real world?

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