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

2. To whom is this actress married in the film, according to Martha?

3. About what metaphorical trap does George warn Nick?

4. What new nickname does Martha give George in the second half of Act 1?

5. How old does George tell Nick Martha is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Honey.

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

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

4. Describe Martha's first marriage.

5. How does George describe Martha's father?

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

7. Describe George's "party games" bit.

8. What is Martha's relationship with her father?

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

10. What is Nick's plan to gain control of the university?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Three times in the play, Honey is reduced to tears or gets sick. Write a paragraph about each of these breakdowns - one in each act - and how, together, they signify the yielding of social grace and denial to the reality of a desperate, helpless life.

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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