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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does the hack feel about his girl?
2. What are the three things Florence does for the family?
3. What metaphor do Benjamin and Dr. Barnes use to describe Benjamin's experiences with anti-Semitism?
4. What is Fatt's reaction to the Voice's accusation?
5. Where is the hack taking his girl?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Women, particularly mothers, play very influential roles in the lives of the characters, especially Florence and Joe. How does the behavior of Florence's mother on her deathbed compare and contrast with Edna's motherly behavior toward her children. How do both the mothers' behaviors exemplify the difficult role women played in depression era America? What were your reactions and opinions about the roles of the women upon reading the play?
Essay Topic 2
There is a saying that charity begins at home. Yet, in this play, charity seems to have succumbed to a hardness and harshness. How do you define charity in its broadest sense? How do you explain the near absence of charity in the lives of the characters, if you see it as absent? What does charity do for the giver and receiver? What prices do individuals and society pay when charity disappears or becomes minimal?
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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