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. Why is the boss meeting with Miller?

2. Which character is accused of taking a "run-out powder?"

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

4. What does Fatt do after Joe comes forward?

5. To whom is the first character speaking?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Edna's opinion about striking differ from Joe's opinion and why?

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

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

4. How do you think Irv feels as a result of his behavior toward Florence?

5. What does Sid think about war and education?

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

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

8. Is Miller's use of violence against Fayette an acceptable response to being fired?

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

10. Is Fayette's decision to fire Miller for refusing to spy on his supervisor morally right or wrong?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In several instances, Fatt makes statements that the workers challenged. He says workers have hot suppers to go home to and the workers disagree. Fatt says Philadelphia is an hour away and the worker says two hours. What is the significance of getting the facts over seemingly minor details, which gives the appearance of quibbling over minor differences? How do minor inaccuracies detract from or add to the realities of the lives of the bosses and workers?

Essay Topic 2

Color or the suggestion of color is used metaphorically throughout Scene 1. Name the colors and metaphors, and discuss the advantages of using color to discuss the situation occurring in the Scene. Are there particular emotions, beliefs, or rituals associated with the colors beyond the meanings implied by the metaphors?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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