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 is Miller treated at the beginning of the meeting?

2. How does Miller initially feel about the new job assignment?

3. What does Joe mean when he says, "I rode the wheels off the chariot."?

4. What reasons does Joe give for not making more money?

5. Why do the characters assemble in the first scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sid think about war and education?

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

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

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

5. How does the dialogue about smoking and drinking speak to the qualities of the two characters?

6. Is Miller's use of violence against Fayette an acceptable response to being fired?

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

8. What are the first indications that Joe and Edna are having financial problems?

9. What colors does Joe use to refute Fatt's accusations? Describe the situation of the workers.

10. What makes Scene 4 romantic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Odets' play has been called dated because of the language. The slang and figurative language almost demand a close reading of the play with a good dictionary at hand. How does the language aid communication and relationships in the 1930s? What does it communicate about the speakers and listeners? What if anything could have influenced the language of the working class? What if any contemporary communications are comparable to Odets' language?

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