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

2. What is the last action in Scene 3?

3. What quality in employees does the company reward?

4. Why do the characters discuss "Mrs. Consumer" and Hollywood?

5. What does Joe mean when he refers to "black and blue boys?"

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Scenes 1 and 2 related?

2. How do Agate's and Fatt's picture of "reds" differ?

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

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

5. How does Clayton connect to the workers?

6. What are some reasons that Odets puts figurative language into Agate's dialogue?

7. Why does Fatt say being a "red" is so bad?

8. What does Fayette's dialogue in which he uses the words "pollacks and niggers" say about his prejudice?

9. What makes Scene 4 romantic?

10. Is Fatt respected by the workers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Women, particularly mothers, play very influential roles in the lives of the characters, especially Florence and Joe. How does the behavior of Florence's mother on her deathbed compare and contrast with Edna's motherly behavior toward her children. How do both the mothers' behaviors exemplify the difficult role women played in depression era America? What were your reactions and opinions about the roles of the women upon reading the play?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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