Waiting for Lefty Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

Fatt argues his case for not striking by introducing two important concepts, patriotism and disloyalty, and refers repeatedly to one primary source for his proof. Discuss why patriotism and disloyalty would carry such weight at this time in history. What events, if any, could have contributed to the beliefs that Fatt expresses? What other sources were available to aid Fatt in arguing his position?

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

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?

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