Waiting for Lefty Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Joe call a Wop?

3. What is Fayette's attitude toward unskilled workers?

4. How does Miller initially feel about the new job assignment?

5. Who is Andy Gump?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What makes Scene 4 romantic?

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

5. Is Florence right to put the family ahead of what she wants? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odets uses two techniques to shift the reader back and forward in time in order to tell his story. What two techniques does he use and where in the story does he use them? What are the benefits of using these techniques? The downside? If you were re-writing the play, how would you rearrange the scenes?

Essay Topic 2

In several instances, Fatt makes statements that the workers challenged. He says workers have hot suppers to go home to and the workers disagree. Fatt says Philadelphia is an hour away and the worker says two hours. What is the significance of getting the facts over seemingly minor details, which gives the appearance of quibbling over minor differences? How do minor inaccuracies detract from or add to the realities of the lives of the bosses and workers?

Essay Topic 3

Joe and Edna, and Sid and Florence experience emotional and social side effects from the economic situation the workers are facing in the play. How do these side effects manifest in their personal relationships?

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