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 reason does George give for not kissing Martha?

2. What attribute makes Martha's stepmother like a witch?

3. Against which innovation does George speak out vehemently?

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

5. In what part of the country does the play take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Nick.

3. How does George describe Martha's father?

4. Describe Martha's first marriage.

5. What is the story that Martha tells about boxing?

6. What confession does Honey make?

7. How does Nick change over the course of the play?

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

9. Describe university politics as explained by George.

10. What arrangement do Martha and George come to at the end of their argument and how does the arrangement seem to suit them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about George's unpublished book. How has George taken a real event from his life, fictionalized it, and then recreated it in has life as a separate event? What does this say about him as a character?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Several of the characters have nervous habits: Martha chews ice, Honey peels labels, etc. Write an essay on the significance of these nervous tick to the action of the play. What do they say about the character and about the themes of the work?

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