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. Who is Andy Gump?

2. Why is the research in Laboratory A so important at the time of the play?

3. How is Fatt described?

4. How do workers become committee members?

5. What does Joe and Edna's daughter Emmy need before going to school the next day?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fatt attempt to dissuade workers from disagreeing with him?

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

3. What does Sid think will happen if he and Florence marry?

4. What are some of Joe's explanations for not making enough money to support his family?

5. What are several factors that have contributed to Benjamin's removal from surgery?

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

7. What contributes to Dr. Barnes' deep anger about rich men taking away his power to influence medical care? How does he express it?

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

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

10. How are Scenes 1 and 2 related?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There is a saying that charity begins at home. Yet, in this play, charity seems to have succumbed to a hardness and harshness. How do you define charity in its broadest sense? How do you explain the near absence of charity in the lives of the characters, if you see it as absent? What does charity do for the giver and receiver? What prices do individuals and society pay when charity disappears or becomes minimal?

Essay Topic 2

Spying is argued as both honorable and despicable in two scenes in the play. How is it that the same act can be interpreted in very different, sometimes opposite ways? In this play, what gives spying its honor? In what ways is it unacceptable to some? What does deception do to the deceiver and the deceived? What are your thoughts about the decisions that Clayton and Miller made about spying?

Essay Topic 3

At the heart of the U.S. economy is a capitalist system which guarantees and rewards individuals and companies for the profits they make from business transactions. How well does this system work in the play? Should one aspire to wealth at any cost? Does a capitalist system necessarily require equal or fair treatment of workers? What checks and balances should exist to assure fair treatment if deemed necessary? What do capitalists like Fatt and his bosses win and lose in the 1930s.

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