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. When Martha suggests that George should have listened to her in the bathroom, what does he suggest he would have done instead?

2. According to George at the end of Act 1, what is Martha at heart?

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

4. About what time of the day does the play begin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the room's reaction to George's claims that Nick plans to alter the world's chromosomes?

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

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

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

8. How does George describe Martha's father?

9. Describe university politics as explained by George.

10. Describe Nick.

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

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

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) How is the university system portrayed in the play? Is it portrayed as high-minded in any way? What kind of skills are required to be successful in the university? Use George and Nick's conversations as corroboration.

2.) Discuss the role of professor's lives in the larger setting of the play. In what ways ere they integral to both the political and social landscape of the college. How do Honey and Martha represent two important functions of university wives?

3.) Compare and contract Nick and George's attitudes toward the university. What will Nick do for advancement that George will not?

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