There are several key scenes in the play that include tension and conflict. The most striking is the final scene in which the central protagonist, Maggie, takes control.
What is the mood at the beginning of the play?
It is very depressed
It is extremely happy
It is light-hearted
Why does Alec have to move in to the Morrison household?
He has run out of money
The tenement in which he lives has collapsed
Isa has left him for Peter Robb
How does John react when he realises Jenny has not come home in Act I, Scene 2?
He is angry and looks out of the window, waiting for her
He laughs and finishes the baked beans
He goes to the pub to drown his sorrows
How do we, the audience, always see Alec and Isa?
Laughing and joking
Why is Maggie’s breakdown at the end of Act II a key scene in the play?
It prompts John to do a lot more to help Maggie in the house and with the children
It is the first time she expresses her unhappiness: that she cannot handle the circumstances she is living in any more
It leads to the end of the Morrisons’ marriage
How does John feel when he gets work again?
Bored and fed up
Happy and confident
Depressed and worn out
Was Jenny immediately successful when she left home?
Yes, her job paid very well and she was able to rent her own place
No, she struggled and even contemplated suicide
No, she started drinking and becomes an alcoholic
How does Maggie look at John when she leaves to get dinner in Act II, Scene 2?
She looks at him angrily
She looks at him with warmth
She looks at him coldly
What is ironic after John announces his status as head of the household in Act III?
He is passive and does not make any of the decisions
He leaves the house to go to work
He makes the final decision not to take Jenny’s money
What tone does the end of the play take?