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 the relationship between Joe and Edna?

2. In Scene 3, what changes the employee's mind about the new work assignment?

3. What does it mean to "take a run-out powder?"

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

5. What is the role of the character chewing on a toothpick?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Scene 4 romantic?

2. What does Sid think about war and education?

3. Why is Benjamin coming to see Dr. Barnes?

4. Is Miller's use of violence against Fayette an acceptable response to being fired?

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

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

7. How has Sid's economic situation affected his self-esteem?

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

9. Who speaks for the workers?

10. How does the cry to strike become a battle cry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Joe and Edna, and Sid and Florence experience emotional and social side effects from the economic situation the workers are facing in the play. How do these side effects manifest in their personal relationships?

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