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 Lefty?

2. What motivates the Gunman to move from his original position to center stage?

3. How much do Joe and Edna pay for rent?

4. To whom is the first character speaking?

5. What do the workers demand from the union leader?

Short Essay Questions

1. What language does Clayton use that is reminiscent of Fatt's earlier speech?

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. Why does Fatt say being a "red" is so bad?

4. How does Fatt try to dismiss the workers?

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

6. Why is Dr. Barnes angry?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spying is argued as both honorable and despicable in two scenes in the play. How is it that the same act can be interpreted in very different, sometimes opposite ways? In this play, what gives spying its honor? In what ways is it unacceptable to some? What does deception do to the deceiver and the deceived? What are your thoughts about the decisions that Clayton and Miller made about spying?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Money, who has it and who does not, is at the heart of this play. What are the immediate, short term, and long-term effects of the decreasing financial situation on the lives of Joe, Edna, and their family?

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