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 proof does Joe offer to contest Fatt's suggestion that workers had hot suppers to go home to?

2. Who does Joe accuse of racketeering?

3. Why do the characters discuss "Mrs. Consumer" and Hollywood?

4. What does Edna tell Joe to do to help improve the financial situation?

5. What is Joe paying his dues to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Miller's use of violence against Fayette an acceptable response to being fired?

2. What is the point of emphasizing the closeness of Philadelphia to the workers?

3. Why doesn't Edna want Joe to yell?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Is Fatt respected by the workers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Money, who has it and who does not, is at the heart of this play. What are the immediate, short term, and long-term effects of the decreasing financial situation on the lives of Joe, Edna, and their family?

Essay Topic 2

Women, particularly mothers, play very influential roles in the lives of the characters, especially Florence and Joe. How does the behavior of Florence's mother on her deathbed compare and contrast with Edna's motherly behavior toward her children. How do both the mothers' behaviors exemplify the difficult role women played in depression era America? What were your reactions and opinions about the roles of the women upon reading the play?

Essay Topic 3

Fatt argues his case for not striking by introducing two important concepts, patriotism and disloyalty, and refers repeatedly to one primary source for his proof. Discuss why patriotism and disloyalty would carry such weight at this time in history. What events, if any, could have contributed to the beliefs that Fatt expresses? What other sources were available to aid Fatt in arguing his position?

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