Wit Test | Final 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. What type of student usually asks the question Vivian is asked every year?

2. What time of day was it when Vivian got Susie to come in her room at the opening of Scene 13?

3. What level of fluids does Jason tell Vivian to push for each day?

4. Who closes Vivian's eyes after she is given her initial dose of morphine?

5. What is the last thing Vivian says to the audience?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two options did Vivian have when a student's comment contained an insightful seed? What were the possible consequences of each?

2. What is the parallel between Vivian and Jason's careers?

3. Why does Vivian use the word “soporific” when she asks about the effect of the morphine?

4. What is the irony in Vivian's desire for personal contact with Jason?

5. Why does Vivian tell the audience that “now is the time for kindness?”

6. Does Donne ever understand his Salvation Anxiety? Why or why not?

7. Why is it significant that someone always asked Vivian why Donne made his sonnets so complicated?

8. What is Salvation Anxiety?

9. What is the joke that makes Vivian laugh when Susie gives her morphine?

10. What are the three points Vivian emphasizes in Donne's poem during her imaginary lecture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define epiphany. Give at least one example of an epiphany in Wit. What lead to this epiphany? What is the aftermath of this epiphany? How does this epiphany change the character?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the parallel between Vivian's study of Donne and her battle with cancer. How does the study of Donne complement Vivian's illness? Why is cancer more difficult for Vivian than the study of Donne? What does this parallel reveal about Vivian's character?

Essay Topic 3

Define irony. Give at least two examples of irony in Wit. What types of irony are each of these examples? How do you know these instances are ironic? What do these instances of irony do to the story?

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