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

2. Why is a character called a "red?"

3. What does Edna say Joe's boss is giving the kids?

4. What is Joe's plan before going to the workers meeting?

5. In Scene 2, what does Joe find when he arrives home from work at the end of the day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Scene 1 the play foreshadows many of the characters whose stories are told. Agate gives the reader a quick look back. Who are the characters he brings attention to and what are there issues?

3. Is Fatt respected by the workers?

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

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

6. Why is Benjamin coming to see Dr. Barnes?

7. What are some of the reasons that Fayette selects Miller for the new project?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Joe and Edna, and Sid and Florence experience emotional and social side effects from the economic situation the workers are facing in the play. How do these side effects manifest in their personal relationships?

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