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 comes out of the toy shotgun that George fires?

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

3. What part of her father's anatomy does George call Martha?

4. How old does George tell Nick Martha is?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the admonishments that George gives Martha in this section?

2. Why does George kill their son?

3. How does George kill their son?

4. How does George set Martha up for embarrassment as he opens the door?

5. Describe how Nick and Honey decided to marry.

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

7. Why does George not dance?

8. Describe Martha's emotional confession.

9. How does George respond when Nick says "up yours" to him?

10. How does the relationship between George and Martha seem different when he returns home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Three times in the play, Honey is reduced to tears or gets sick. Write a paragraph about each of these breakdowns - one in each act - and how, together, they signify the yielding of social grace and denial to the reality of a desperate, helpless life.

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

The collapse of inhibitions - mostly, but not exclusively, as a result of drink - is a key driver of action in the play. Write an essay about the disappearance of inhibitions as time goes on:

Part 1) Examine the character of Honey. How is the entirety of her character arc a breaking down of inhibitions leading to her final admission in Act 3.

Part 2) How does the relationship between Nick and Martha change over the course of the play as a result of the breaking down of inhibitions?

Part 3) How is George's revelation about his child the ultimate collapse of his and Martha's inhibitions?

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