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. Who throws up at the end of Act 1?

2. Which mythical creature does George compare Martha to as he discusses his son with Nick?

3. What department is Nick actually in?

4. How many more teeth does Martha have than George?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Honey as she enters the scene.

2. Describe Nick.

3. What does Nick realize about George and Martha's son?

4. About what part of George's picking flowers do he and Martha disagree?

5. How does Honey make reference to her hysterical pregnancy when she returns after being sick?

6. What is George's reasoning that his son hates Martha?

7. How does George kill their son?

8. What is Martha's response to Nick's offer to protect her?

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

10. Describe Martha's first marriage.

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

Write an essay on the decision by Edward Albee to name his leads characters, George and Martha, after the first president and his wife. Citing examples from the text, defend your thesis statement.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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