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 threaten to do if Joe does not change his behavior?

2. What does Fatt do after Joe comes forward?

3. Why is the boss meeting with Miller?

4. How does Odets foreshadow some of the main characters in the play?

5. What does Joe mean when he refers to "black and blue boys?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Joe and Edna's relationship like?

3. Is Florence right to put the family ahead of what she wants? Why or why not?

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

5. How does Fatt try to discourage the Voice from exposing the spy?

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

7. What does Benjamin decide to do after being fired, and what had he been thinking about doing?

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

9. How does Fatt try to dismiss the workers?

10. What is the benefit of having a speaker with experience with a strike talk to the workers?

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

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

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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