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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. Who is the smoker and drinker in Scene 3?
(a) Fayette.
(b) Fatt.
(c) Miller.
(d) Gunman

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

3. In Scene 2, what does Joe find when he arrives home from work at the end of the day?
(a) The police waiting to arrest him.
(b) A new couch and chair.
(c) An old friend who had come to visit.
(d) A living room without furniture.

4. In Scene 3, what changes the employee's mind about the new work assignment?
(a) Making chemical weapons.
(b) He doesn't think he can make a difference.
(c) The boss asks him to spy on his supervisor.
(d) Writing weekly reports on his research.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What two unions have failed at past strikes?

4. What does Edna think she is turning into?

5. What do the workers demand from the union leader?

Short Essay Questions

1. What colors does Joe use to refute Fatt's accusations? Describe the situation of the workers.

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

3. How does Fatt attempt to dissuade workers from disagreeing with him?

4. What are Dr. Barnes and Benjamin talking about when they refer to the "disease" and how is Benjamin affected by it?

5. What are some reasons that Odets puts figurative language into Agate's dialogue?

6. What are some of Joe's explanations for not making enough money to support his family?

7. What does Sid think will happen if he and Florence marry?

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

9. In Scene 1 the play foreshadows many of the characters whose stories are told. Agate gives the reader a quick look back. Who are the characters he brings attention to and what are there issues?

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

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