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

2. What is the relationship of the main characters in Scene 3?

3. What does a main character complain that the talk of Lefty has turned the meeting into?

4. How is Miller treated at the beginning of the meeting?

5. What is Fayette's attitude toward unskilled workers?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Scene 1 the play foreshadows many of the characters whose stories are told. Agate gives the reader a quick look back. Who are the characters he brings attention to and what are there issues?

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

3. What is Joe and Edna's relationship like?

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

5. What does Sid think about war and education?

6. What are some of the reasons that Fayette selects Miller for the new project?

7. How does Agate's approach to the workers compare with that of Clayton the spy's approach in Scene 5?

8. At what point does Miller change his mind about the new assignment?

9. What are some reasons Joe doesn't want to strike?

10. Are there real advantages of looking at strikes in the laborer's own industry rather than work in general, as Fatt suggests?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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