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. To what type of animal does George compare Martha's father?

2. From which department is the young professor who's coming with his wife to the house, according to Martha?

3. How old will George and Martha's son be tomorrow?

4. Where did George go on his first vacation from prep school?

5. How many drinks does Martha finish in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is George's explanation of the abstract painting in his house?

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

3. Describe Martha when she returns to the main room and how the guests react.

4. What do Nick and Honey learn about George and Martha's son in this section?

5. How does George set Martha up for embarrassment as he opens the door?

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

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

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

9. Describe Honey as she enters the scene.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about George's unpublished book.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 3

Write an essay about Nick's character arc. How does he change from the beginning of the play to the end? What has he learned about himself, his career, and his marriage, and what has he lost?

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