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. Who does Joe call a Wop?
2. In what war do 12 million men die?
3. What does Fatt do after Joe comes forward?
4. What is Fayette's attitude about death and war?
5. What does Edna threaten to do if Joe does not change his behavior?
Short Essay Questions
1. Is Fayette's decision to fire Miller for refusing to spy on his supervisor morally right or wrong?
2. How does Odets forewarn the audience of Lefty's death?
3. Why is Dr. Barnes angry?
4. What does Agate's dialogue about the union button imply?
5. Is Miller's use of violence against Fayette an acceptable response to being fired?
6. Who speaks for the workers?
7. Is Fatt respected by the workers?
8. How are Scenes 1 and 2 related?
9. Besides going to bed hungry, how else are the children affected by Joe and Edna's financial situation?
10. How does Agate's approach to the workers compare with that of Clayton the spy's approach in Scene 5?
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
Hunger is a marker in the play; food and/or the lack of it comes up in at least three scenes. How do discussions about hunger and food speak to the issue of social class? What characters can you put in a class hierarchy based on dialogue about hunger and/or food? What is that hierarchy and what evidence supports your arrangement? What do you know about persistent hunger in the USA, who it affects, and what your responsibility is for ending it?
Essay Topic 3
A popular song asks what war is good for. War seems to be on everyone's mind and has touched many of the characters. The characters also seem to have a range of opinions about war. What seems to be the predominant attitude of characters in the play and why? Whose attitudes seem most in alignment with each other and whose attitudes differ the most? What are the primary benefits of war to the characters and why? What about the detriments?
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