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

2. What does Edna tell Joe to do to help improve the financial situation?
(a) Take action against the bosses.
(b) Sell his car to a friend.
(c) Borrow a loan from a family member.
(d) Get a second job.

3. Why do the characters discuss "Mrs. Consumer" and Hollywood?
(a) Because the setting needs a woman's touch.
(b) Because the wife of one of them loves the movies.
(c) To discuss the price of a ticket someone bought.
(d) To explain the appearance of the setting.

4. 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 prepares the United States for future wars.
(d) It saves lives from disease.

5. What proof does Joe offer to contest Fatt's suggestion that workers had hot suppers to go home to?
(a) He asks workers for a voice vote of yes or no.
(b) He asks workers to raise their hands.
(c) He asks for comments from workers.
(d) He describes his last evening meal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Joe mean when he refers to "black and blue boys?"

2. What two unions have failed at past strikes?

3. Who are the two Hollywood stars imitated by the buying public?

4. What is one reason Joe gives for strikes sometimes failing?

5. Why do the characters assemble in the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the benefit of having a speaker with experience with a strike talk to the workers?

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

3. Why is Dr. Barnes angry?

4. How does Odets forewarn the audience of Lefty's death?

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

6. Why is Benjamin coming to see Dr. Barnes?

7. What makes Scene 4 romantic?

8. What language does Clayton use that is reminiscent of Fatt's earlier speech?

9. What contributes to Dr. Barnes' deep anger about rich men taking away his power to influence medical care? How does he express it?

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

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