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. Who is the first character to speak in the play?

2. What does Fatt do to send the Gunman back to his original position?

3. Who initially insists that the action of many can accomplish what one cannot?

4. How does Miller initially feel about the new job assignment?

5. What source is suggested as proof to backup Fatt's claims?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Miller's response to the job change?

3. Why is Dr. Barnes angry?

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

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

6. Besides going to bed hungry, how else are the children affected by Joe and Edna's financial situation?

7. Is Fatt respected by the workers?

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

9. What is the significance of the discussion about Fayette's office?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Odets uses two techniques to shift the reader back and forward in time in order to tell his story. What two techniques does he use and where in the story does he use them? What are the benefits of using these techniques? The downside? If you were re-writing the play, how would you rearrange the scenes?

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