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 two unions have failed at past strikes?

2. What quality in employees does the company reward?

3. Which character is accused of taking a "run-out powder?"

4. Who is the smoker and drinker in Scene 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why is the Voice's evidence that Clayton is a spy more credible than Clayton's denials?

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

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

5. What does Sid think will happen if he and Florence marry?

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

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

8. How are Scenes 1 and 2 related?

9. Why doesn't Edna want Joe to yell?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In several instances, Fatt makes statements that the workers challenged. He says workers have hot suppers to go home to and the workers disagree. Fatt says Philadelphia is an hour away and the worker says two hours. What is the significance of getting the facts over seemingly minor details, which gives the appearance of quibbling over minor differences? How do minor inaccuracies detract from or add to the realities of the lives of the bosses and workers?

Essay Topic 2

Several characters in the play mention Hollywood or the movies. In what ways do1930s Hollywood influence the characters and their lives? What other media is stressed as important and why?

Essay Topic 3

The contributions of extended family members are critical to the survival of Florence and Sid's families. How would Florence's family change had she ignored Irv's insistence that she not get married? What are your thoughts about Florence's rights to her own life?

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