Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Test | Lesson Plans 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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1) Discuss the motif of neglectful, imperfect and absent parents in the play. How do you think the reemergence of this in characters' lives impacts the the action.

2) Discuss the idea of children as healing, and the desperation for love among the characters born from this idea. Use Honey and Martha's characters as subjects for this essay.

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