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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. What reasons does Joe give for not making more money?
(a) Conditions and competition.
(b) Conditions and no work.
(c) Recent illness and bad weather.
(d) Competition and bad weather.

2. Who are the two main characters in Scene 3?
(a) Miller and Fayette.
(b) Miller and Fatt.
(c) Fayette and Siegfried.
(d) Siegfried and Miller.

3. What do the workers demand from the union leader?
(a) To wait for Lefty.
(b) To let each person speak.
(c) To say a prayer before starting.
(d) To hear from the committee.

4. Which of Joe and Edna's bills needs to be paid right away?
(a) The heat bill.
(b) Furniture installment.
(c) Rent.
(d) The light bill.

5. Why is the research in Laboratory A so important at the time of the play?
(a) It is just regular research and not that important.
(b) It protects soldiers fighting in the current war.
(c) It saves lives from disease.
(d) It prepares the United States for future wars.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Joe call Edna after she says that he is "crawling like a worm?"

2. What makes Miller especially vulnerable to exploitation?

3. What are the professions of the two main characters?

4. What is Joe paying his dues to?

5. What does Fatt do after Joe comes forward?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Dr. Barnes limited by what he can do to express his outrage at the changes in medicine?

2. What are the first indications that Joe and Edna are having financial problems?

3. How does Clayton connect to the workers?

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

5. How does the dialogue about smoking and drinking speak to the qualities of the two characters?

6. How does Joe explain his change in attitude about the need to strike?

7. Is Fayette's decision to fire Miller for refusing to spy on his supervisor morally right or wrong?

8. What, if anything, justifies Fatt's use of a spy to avoid a strike?

9. What are two main themes contained in Scene 4 and how are they manifested?

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

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