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

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

3. Why doesn't Edna want Joe to wake the children?
(a) Because the children will realize they haven't eaten supper.
(b) They might disturb the game on the radio.
(c) They want some private time to themselves.
(d) They are going out for the evening.

4. How much do Joe and Edna pay for rent?
(a) Five dollars a day.
(b) Fifteen dollars a month.
(c) Six dollars a week.
(d) Ten dollars a week.

5. What does Joe call Edna after she says that he is "crawling like a worm?"
(a) A nag.
(b) A tramp.
(c) A red.
(d) An ungrateful shrew.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the research in Laboratory A so important at the time of the play?

2. In Scene 3, what changes the employee's mind about the new work assignment?

3. What does Joe bring home from the war?

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

5. What does Edna say Joe's boss is giving the kids?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Benjamin decide to do after being fired, and what had he been thinking about doing?

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

4. How does Joe feel about his responsibilities as the man of the family?

5. How has Sid's economic situation affected his self-esteem?

6. What is Joe and Edna's relationship like?

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

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

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

10. Is Fatt respected by the workers?

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