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 of the main characters in Scene 3?

2. How does Edna react to Joe's attempts at affection?

3. What motivates the Gunman to move from his original position to center stage?

4. How does Joe feel about being the man of the house?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Dr. Barnes angry?

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

3. What does Agate's dialogue about the union button imply?

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

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

6. What language does Clayton use that is reminiscent of Fatt's earlier speech?

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

8. How does Joe explain his change in attitude about the need to strike?

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

10. What does Sid think about war and education?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odets' play has been called dated because of the language. The slang and figurative language almost demand a close reading of the play with a good dictionary at hand. How does the language aid communication and relationships in the 1930s? What does it communicate about the speakers and listeners? What if anything could have influenced the language of the working class? What if any contemporary communications are comparable to Odets' language?

Essay Topic 2

A popular song asks what war is good for. War seems to be on everyone's mind and has touched many of the characters. The characters also seem to have a range of opinions about war. What seems to be the predominant attitude of characters in the play and why? Whose attitudes seem most in alignment with each other and whose attitudes differ the most? What are the primary benefits of war to the characters and why? What about the detriments?

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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