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 does Edna fear will happen to the kids' bodies if they don't eat better?

2. Who are the two main characters in Scene 3?

3. What is the relationship of the main characters in Scene 3?

4. In what war do 12 million men die?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What, if anything, justifies Fatt's use of a spy to avoid a strike?

3. What does Joe think of Lefty?

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

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

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

7. How has Sid's economic situation affected his self-esteem?

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

9. What is the mood of the workers?

10. How does Clayton connect to the workers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the heart of the U.S. economy is a capitalist system which guarantees and rewards individuals and companies for the profits they make from business transactions. How well does this system work in the play? Should one aspire to wealth at any cost? Does a capitalist system necessarily require equal or fair treatment of workers? What checks and balances should exist to assure fair treatment if deemed necessary? What do capitalists like Fatt and his bosses win and lose in the 1930s.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In spite of the anger, violence, deception, and other stressors, Odets manages to write love into the play. Think about the relationships depicted in the play. Who are the characters in the love relationships and what kind are they? What responsibilities to each other do they have? How are the relationships influenced by others? Which relationship is the most romantic and how is that romance shown? What are your thoughts about the couple's decision to delay sex until marriage?

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