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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the Voice say is growing on the family tree?
2. Where is the hack taking his girl?
3. How does Benjamin's unexpected job loss affect his understanding of the world?
4. Why is Benjamin surprised by the board's discriminatory firing?
5. What lesson does Benjamin learn about theory versus life experience?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1Odets' 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?
Essay Topic 2In 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 3Hunger is a marker in the play; food and/or the lack of it comes up in at least three scenes. How do discussions about hunger and food speak to the issue of social class? What characters can you put in a class hierarchy based on dialogue about hunger and/or food? What is that hierarchy and what evidence supports your arrangement? What do you know about persistent hunger in the USA, who it affects, and what your responsibility is for ending it?
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