Non-African Drama: Fences by August Wilson - SS2 Literature Past Questions & Answers - page 1

1

Analyze the character of Troy Maxson in "Fences." How does his past experiences and actions impact the plot and the dynamics within the Maxson family?

Troy Maxson is a complex character in "Fences." His past experiences as a talented baseball player in the Negro Leagues and the racial discrimination he faced have left him bitter and disillusioned. This bitterness impacts his relationships with his family, particularly his strained relationship with his son, Cory. His actions, such as his affair with Alberta and his decision to not allow Cory to pursue college football, drive much of the plot's conflict. Troy's character serves as the central figure through which many of the play's themes are explored, including race, family, and the American Dream.

2

Discuss the theme of racial discrimination in "Fences" and how it impacts the characters. Provide examples from the play to support your analysis.

Racial discrimination is a prominent theme in "Fences." The characters, especially Troy, have faced racial discrimination in various aspects of their lives. For example, Troy's bitterness and sense of missed opportunities as a baseball player stem from racial barriers in the sport during his time. Additionally, Gabriel's mental impairment is a result of an injury he suffered during World War II, highlighting the impact of discrimination on African American veterans. The theme of racial discrimination serves to shed light on the challenges faced by African Americans in the 1950s and how it shapes their experiences and relationships.

3

Which character serves as Troy's best friend and confidant?

A

Cory
   

B

Rose
   

C

Bono
  

D

Lyons

  

CORRECT OPTION: c
4

What is the significance of the fence in the play?
 

A

It represents a physical barrier to keep people out.
   

B

It symbolizes emotional and psychological barriers in the characters' lives.
   

C

It is a symbol of racial discrimination.
   

   

D

It represents the American Dream.

CORRECT OPTION: b
5

What is the central conflict in "Fences"?
   

A

Troy's conflict with his neighbor
   

 

B

Cory's desire to attend college
  

C

The construction of a physical fence

D

Troy's strained relationship with his son

CORRECT OPTION: d
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