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. How old will George and Martha's son be tomorrow?

2. What does Honey say Martha is doing upstairs?

3. What philosophical leaning does Martha claim to hold?

4. In Nick's mock plan for taking over the university, as what does he want to establish himself?

5. About what metaphorical trap does George warn Nick?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does George explain his son's habit of throwing up?

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

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

4. Who is George and Martha's son?

5. What do George and Martha do with their tears?

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

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

8. What arrangement do Martha and George come to at the end of their argument and how does the arrangement seem to suit them?

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

10. How does Martha describe Nick and Honey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write about the past life of Martha and George. Do you believe that they actually have one, or that any part of their stories is true. Write a paragraph about three specific stories told by George and Martha, dissecting what you know to be false and why:

Part 1) The boy that killed his parents

Part 2) George and Martha's boxing match

Part 3) Martha's "fiddling" of their son

Essay Topic 3

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.

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