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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. Who is the smoker and drinker in Scene 3?
3. Why do the characters discuss "Mrs. Consumer" and Hollywood?
4. Why do the characters assemble in the first scene?
5. How is Miller treated at the beginning of the meeting?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do you think Sid and Florence feel by the end of Scene 4?
2. What are the first indications that Joe and Edna are having financial problems?
3. How does Agate's approach to the workers compare with that of Clayton the spy's approach in Scene 5?
4. How does Scene 6 foreshadow what will happen to Benjamin?
5. How does Odets forewarn the audience of Lefty's death?
6. How does Edna's opinion about striking differ from Joe's opinion and why?
7. What does Fayette's dialogue in which he uses the words "pollacks and niggers" say about his prejudice?
8. How does Fatt try to discourage the Voice from exposing the spy?
9. What are Dr. Barnes and Benjamin talking about when they refer to the "disease" and how is Benjamin affected by it?
10. What are some reasons Joe doesn't want to strike?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Political correctness did not exist in the 1930s, but there was certain language that did not enter polite society. In using the language of the common man and woman, Odets' play overflows with name-calling and ethnic slurs. What were your initial reactions to this language? How do you imagine individuals to whom the language referred reacted? Were you at any time uncomfortable, embarrassed or shamed by the language? Why or why not? What are your thoughts about keeping the language intact for contemporary productions of the play? Are there situations in which the play that would be best served if there were language substitutions?
Essay Topic 3
The threat of violence is constant throughout the play. The most obvious manifestation of that violence is the "Gunman." Discuss the various manifestations of violence and the roles that violence plays in shaping the emotional and economic lives of the workers.
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