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. What is the setting of Scene 3?

3. What is Fayette's attitude about death and war?

4. What makes Miller especially vulnerable to exploitation?

5. Who is Andy Gump?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Voice's evidence that Clayton is a spy more credible than Clayton's denials?

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

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

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

5. Is striking the best option for the workers or should they have explored other possible solutions?

6. Who speaks for the workers?

7. How does the dialogue about smoking and drinking speak to the qualities of the two characters?

8. How does Fatt attempt to dissuade workers from disagreeing with him?

9. How does Clayton connect to the workers?

10. Why doesn't Edna want Joe to yell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

How is the language of Agate and Fatt similar or different when they attempt to persuade workers? Which approach is most effective? Less successful? Why?

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