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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the following is not among the descriptors George uses to describe Martha during this section?
2. What does Martha accuse George of doing when she returns to the room?
3. What time of day was George and Martha's son killed?
4. What is the name of the last game?
5. What color was the son's hair when he was born?
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 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?
Essay Topic 3
Nick and Honey are, in many ways, representations of George and Martha at a younger age. They are more hopeful and idealistic about the future. Write an essay about this topic:
Part 1) Nick and George discuss, at length, the possibility of Nick taking over the university. How does the cocky optimism of Nick represent the same ambitions that George had at his age?
Part 2) How does Honey's desire for a child and her history with conception mirror that of Martha?
Part 3) Which relationship do you believe knows more about each other?
This section contains 350 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)