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. How does Joe react to Edna's threats and accusations?

2. What does a main character complain that the talk of Lefty has turned the meeting into?

3. Why is the boss meeting with Miller?

4. How do workers become committee members?

5. What does Edna imply that her current financial situation is causing to happen to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two main themes contained in Scene 4 and how are they manifested?

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

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

4. What is the point of emphasizing the closeness of Philadelphia to the workers?

5. What is the mood of the workers?

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

7. How does Joe feel about his responsibilities as the man of the family?

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

9. What are Dr. Barnes and Benjamin talking about when they refer to the "disease" and how is Benjamin affected by it?

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

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 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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