Winterset 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. Based on Trock's speech and mannerisms, how does he appear to be feeling in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Who is Mio?

3. What is referred to as a "Blind Snake" at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. In Act 1, Scene 3, who ends up angering the Policeman?

5. What is Garth inspecting when Miriamne arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Trock.

2. In Act 1, Scene 2, what advice does Esdras give Garth about his sense of guilt?

3. What advice does Mio offer Miriamne in Act 1, Scene 3?

4. What advice does Lucia give Piny in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. In Act 1, Scene 3, what have the authorities ordered Lucia to do?

6. Why does Mio visit the apartment in the beginning of Act 2?

7. Why does Carr whistle "Star Spangled Banner" as he exits in Act 1, Scene 3?

8. Why does Miriamne sit alone outside the apartment in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

9. What is Mio's personal philosophy about faith?

10. What is Miriamne's personal philosophy about truth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are suspense and fear used to motivate characters and progress the action of the play? How is suspense built onstage by using offstage characters and sounds? How does suspense add interest to the play and help express the themes of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of symbolism in the play. What is the significance of Lucia's piano? Discuss the significance of the use, ban, and removal of the piano in the drama. What is the significance of Garth's violin? Discuss the significance of the damage done to the violin and the sound of the violin in Act 3.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of the relationships between fathers and sons in the play. How do Mio and Garth's experiences with murder affect their relationships with their fathers? Which son appears to value his father more and why?

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