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 sport does George invite Nick to play with him?

2. Why did Martha live alone with her father for most of her early life?

3. What medical procedure will become more common when biologists enact their nefarious plans, according to George?

4. What attribute of Nick and Honey's does George comment on as they ring the doorbell?

5. Which of the following is not a term that George uses to describe his son?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does George kill their son?

2. Describe the moment at the faculty party that Martha describes and how it affected her.

3. How does George explain his son's habit of throwing up?

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

5. Describe George's reaction to Martha's seduction of Nick.

6. How does George kill their son?

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

8. What is the topic of the book that Martha's father would not let George publish?

9. Describe Martha's first marriage.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nick and Honey are, in many ways, representations of George and Martha at a younger age. They are more hopeful and idealistic about the future. Write an essay about this topic:

Part 1) Nick and George discuss, at length, the possibility of Nick taking over the university. How does the cocky optimism of Nick represent the same ambitions that George had at his age?

Part 2) How does Honey's desire for a child and her history with conception mirror that of Martha?

Part 3) Which relationship do you believe knows more about each other?

Essay Topic 2

The past is an ambiguous thing in Albee's play. It is never entirely concrete and often changes depending on the speaker. Write a paragraph about each of the following stories told by a character about the past. How does the story change with each telling? Is the story true in any way?

Part 1) The story of Nick and Honey's courtship

Part 2) The story of George's tragic schoolfriend

Part 3) The story of George and Martha's son's childhood

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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