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. Which of the following is not a university to which George compares the play's university?

2. What don't insane people do, according to George?

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

4. With what does George say he is preoccupied?

5. Against which innovation does George speak out vehemently?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe George.

2. What does Nick realize about George and Martha's son?

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

4. Describe Martha's first marriage.

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

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

7. Where does the title of the play come from?

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

9. What is Martha's response to Nick's offer to protect her?

10. Describe the progress of Martha's drinking habits, according to George.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Repetition of phrases is a central component of Albee's writing. Write an essay about the purpose of this repetition. Defend your position with paragraphs about the following repeated phrases:

Part 1) Snap

Part 2)Truth and Illusion

Part 3) She's slim-hipped

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about George and Martha's fictitious son, detailing how you believe they have used him as a weapon. Frame your essay by discussing three specific stories about him from the text. Be sure to mention who told the story, and whether the other contradicted it.

Essay Topic 3

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

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