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. Why did George run the History Department for four years?

2. How does George refer to his arguments with Martha while alone with Nick?

3. What department is Nick actually in?

4. How does George refer to Martha's new outfit?

5. What is Martha doing for Honey at the beginning of Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does George not dance?

2. What causes Honey to throw up at the end of this scene?

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

4. Who is George and Martha's son?

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

6. How did Honey's family come to be so wealthy?

7. How does George describe Martha's father?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playful objects became emotional weapons. Write an essay about how each of the following items generally associated with play and kindness become hurtful: Part 1) The toy gun Part 2) The record player Part 3) The flowers

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write an essay: 1.) To what extent are Nick and Honey surrogates for the audience? What can characters who are not acclimated to the setting of the play have in common with the viewer and what can they do that the viewer cannot? Cite examples from the text to justify your thesis. 2.) How did George and Martha come to the point at which they are when the play begins? Begin with a description of their living arrangement, and use individual events in their marriage as a frame for the essay. 3.) How do we grow to understand George and Martha as sympathetic characters by the end of the play when almost all they say is a lie? Write an essay in the defense of unreliable protagonists, citing specifics from the text as evidence.

Essay Topic 3

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf is a play about rapidly shifting alliances. Compare and contrast the last scene of Act 2 - where Nick and Martha team up against George - and the middle of Act 3 - where George and Martha bombard Nick. What has changed between these two scenes and what is each of the three characters trying to accomplish at each point in time?

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