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 did George do at the party when someone sang the Virginia Woolf song, according to Martha?

2. On what day of the week does the play take place?

3. About what does Martha now want to talk?

4. Which of these is not a French insult that George and Martha hurl at each other?

5. How do the ages of George and Martha compare?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is George's argument regarding human chromosomes and biologists?

2. How does the relationship between George and Martha seem different when he returns home?

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

4. Describe Martha's first marriage.

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

6. Describe the chaos that occurs at the end of Act 1.

7. What is the room's reaction to George's claims that Nick plans to alter the world's chromosomes?

8. Where does the title of the play come from?

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

10. How does Martha convince George to leave her and Nick alone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the three games that the are played over the course of the play. Who drives the game, and what is its objective:

Part 1) Humiliate the Host

Part 2) Get the Guests

Part 3) Bringing Up Baby

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) How is the university system portrayed in the play? Is it portrayed as high-minded in any way? What kind of skills are required to be successful in the university? Use George and Nick's conversations as corroboration.

2.) Discuss the role of professor's lives in the larger setting of the play. In what ways ere they integral to both the political and social landscape of the college. How do Honey and Martha represent two important functions of university wives?

3.) Compare and contract Nick and George's attitudes toward the university. What will Nick do for advancement that George will not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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