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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What symbolic act does Benjamin perform at the end of his meeting with Dr. Barnes?
2. What does Sid mean by "backwash" if he and Florence married?
3. What are the three things Florence says she wants from life?
4. What is the speaker's attitude toward Fatt?
5. What "complications" result in Benjamin's firing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Joe and Edna, and Sid and Florence experience emotional and social side effects from the economic situation the workers are facing in the play. How do these side effects manifest in their personal relationships?
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