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 term does George use to describe the faculty parties they have to attend?

2. What saying does Honey drink by?

3. Which of the following is not a degree that George lists for himself?

4. Against which innovation does George speak out vehemently?

5. Which of these is not among the topics of which George claims to have limited knowledge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the last game and how does George prepare for it?

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

5. Describe the movie that Martha references at the beginning of the play.

6. What happened to George's school friend who killed his mother?

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

8. What confession does Honey make?

9. What is Martha's relationship with her father?

10. What is Nick's plan to gain control of the university?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the meaning of the song "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Use specific instances in the play when it is used by characters, and examine why they sing it. Use these instances to justify your thesis as to the song's meaning.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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