One Act Plays Unit 1 [A Matter of Husbands] Exercise: Questions and Answers

Understanding the text

Answer the following questions.

a. Where does the play take place?

b. Why do the grocery, the baker, and the butcher send their bills to the Durand household?

c. Why does Monsieur Duran spend money on candles when he doesn’t have money to buy even bread?

d. Why did Monsieur Duran sell his life insurance?

e. Why has Monsieur Duran paid fire insurance?

f. How did Monsieur Duran and Mrs. Duran run out of their inheritances from both the sides?

g. Why does Monsieur Duran tell a lie about his birthplace?

h. What business is Monsieur Duran running to make a living?

i. What plan does Monsieur Duran have to help his daughters with money?

j. How does Monsieur Duran die?

Reference to the context

a. Sketch the character of Monsieur Duran.

b. How do we know that the Duran family has reached a dead end?

c. ‘The mother, though already dead, seems to have had a great influence on the daughters, especially Theresa.’ Do you agree?

d. Discuss the relationship between Monsieur Duran and his wife.

e. ‘Money determines the relationship between characters in this play.’ Elaborate this statement with examples from the play.

f. Monsieur Duran kills himself so that his daughters would get 5000 francs as the compensation from the insurance company. What does his plan tell us about him?

g. Discuss Facing Death as a modern tragedy.

A Matter of Husbands Exercise Questions and Answers

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