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 is not among the "damnedest" drinks that Geroge says Martha used to prefer?

2. How many of Nick's father-in-law's churches burned down?

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

4. What attribute makes Martha's stepmother like a witch?

5. Which two descriptors does Martha confuse in comparing biology and math?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does George do at the end of Martha's boxing story?

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. How does George describe Martha's father?

6. Describe Honey.

7. In what ways do George and Martha disagree about the particulars of their son?

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

9. Describe the chaos that occurs at the end of Act 1.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1) Discuss the motif of neglectful, imperfect and absent parents in the play. How do you think the reemergence of this in characters' lives impacts the the action.

2) Discuss the idea of children as healing, and the desperation for love among the characters born from this idea. Use Honey and Martha's characters as subjects for this essay.

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