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 is being developed in Laboratory A?

2. What foods does Edna identify as being very important for maintaining the kids' health?

3. What is the state of consumer markets?

4. What does Edna fear will happen to the kids' bodies if they don't eat better?

5. Who is Lefty?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Fatt try to dismiss the workers?

3. Is Fayette's decision to fire Miller for refusing to spy on his supervisor morally right or wrong?

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

5. Why does Fatt say being a "red" is so bad?

6. What are the first indications that Joe and Edna are having financial problems?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters in the play mention Hollywood or the movies. In what ways do1930s Hollywood influence the characters and their lives? What other media is stressed as important and why?

Essay Topic 2

How is the language of Agate and Fatt similar or different when they attempt to persuade workers? Which approach is most effective? Less successful? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The contributions of extended family members are critical to the survival of Florence and Sid's families. How would Florence's family change had she ignored Irv's insistence that she not get married? What are your thoughts about Florence's rights to her own life?

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