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
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 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
Color or the suggestion of color is used metaphorically throughout Scene 1. Name the colors and metaphors, and discuss the advantages of using color to discuss the situation occurring in the Scene. Are there particular emotions, beliefs, or rituals associated with the colors beyond the meanings implied by the metaphors?
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