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 does George think is the name of the film Martha is referencing?

2. How does George refer to Martha's new outfit?

3. How many more teeth does Martha have than George?

4. Between which two colors do Martha and George argue, regarding their son's eyes?

5. To whom is this actress married in the film, according to Martha?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Martha when she returns to the main room and how the guests react.

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

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

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

6. Why does George kill their son?

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

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

9. How does George try to cheer Martha up at the end of the play?

10. How does Martha convince George to leave her and Nick alone?

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

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) To what extent are Nick and Honey surrogates for the audience? What can characters who are not acclimated to the setting of the play have in common with the viewer and what can they do that the viewer cannot? Cite examples from the text to justify your thesis.

2.) How did George and Martha come to the point at which they are when the play begins? Begin with a description of their living arrangement, and use individual events in their marriage as a frame for the essay.

3.) How do we grow to understand George and Martha as sympathetic characters by the end of the play when almost all they say is a lie? Write an essay in the defense of unreliable protagonists, citing specifics from the text as evidence.

Essay Topic 3

Fear of reality is a major theme in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Write an essay on this topic and how it affects the action:

Part 1) George frequently tells and retells the story of a boy who accidentally kills his parents and suffers a descent into insanity. In what ways is this based in reality and in what ways is it fictional?

Part 2) Martha creates a detailed and poetic life for her "son." What purpose does this serve for her?

Part 3) How does the final moment of the the play signify a terror at having to face the real world?

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