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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 hack do for a living?
2. What do Fatt's men do to the Voice?
3. In Scene 5, what city does Fatt want the workers to hear about?
4. What lesson does Benjamin learn about theory versus life experience?
5. What metaphor for time does Clayton use to discourage a strike?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Spying is argued as both honorable and despicable in two scenes in the play. How is it that the same act can be interpreted in very different, sometimes opposite ways? In this play, what gives spying its honor? In what ways is it unacceptable to some? What does deception do to the deceiver and the deceived? What are your thoughts about the decisions that Clayton and Miller made about spying?
Essay Topic 2
At the heart of the U.S. economy is a capitalist system which guarantees and rewards individuals and companies for the profits they make from business transactions. How well does this system work in the play? Should one aspire to wealth at any cost? Does a capitalist system necessarily require equal or fair treatment of workers? What checks and balances should exist to assure fair treatment if deemed necessary? What do capitalists like Fatt and his bosses win and lose in the 1930s.
Essay Topic 3
The threat of violence is constant throughout the play. The most obvious manifestation of that violence is the "Gunman." Discuss the various manifestations of violence and the roles that violence plays in shaping the emotional and economic lives of the workers.
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