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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Joe think the workers need to strike?
(a) He doesn't. He believes striking is for losers.
(b) So the workers can have extra money for vacations.
(c) Because it makes the bosses look bad.
(d) The workers are supporting the company rather than the family.

2. Who are the two Hollywood stars imitated by the buying public?
(a) Cosby and Gibson.
(b) Monroe and Miller.
(c) Gable and Garbo.
(d) Crawford and Garbo.

3. What is being developed in Laboratory A?
(a) The atomic bomb.
(b) Poison gas.
(c) A cure for tuberculosis.
(d) A newly designed gas mask.

4. What does Edna think about strikes?
(a) Strikes are too risky.
(b) Strikes do not work.
(c) Strikes can work.
(d) She's not sure.

5. What does Edna imply that her current financial situation is causing to happen to her?
(a) Losing weight.
(b) Crying every day.
(c) Putting wrinkles on her face.
(d) Missing her favorite movie.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who helps Joe overcome his fear of fighting for a living wage and make up his mind?

2. How does Odets foreshadow some of the main characters in the play?

3. How does Joe react to Edna's threats and accusations?

4. Who is the "top man" behind workers?

5. Who is the president as named in this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some reasons Joe doesn't want to strike?

2. How does Scene 6 foreshadow what will happen to Benjamin?

3. What are some of the reasons that Fayette selects Miller for the new project?

4. What is Miller's response to the job change?

5. Why does Edna threaten infidelity as a way to convince Joe to support a strike?

6. What does Sid think about war and education?

7. What is the point of emphasizing the closeness of Philadelphia to the workers?

8. How does Fatt try to convince the workers not to take action?

9. Besides going to bed hungry, how else are the children affected by Joe and Edna's financial situation?

10. What does Fayette's dialogue in which he uses the words "pollacks and niggers" say about his prejudice?

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