Fences Play By August Wilson! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Who said these words:"You got to take the crookeds with the straights. That's what Papa used to say."?

    • A.

      Bono

    • B.

      Troy

    • C.

      Lyons

    • D.

      Cory

    Correct Answer
    C. Lyons
    Explanation
    Lyons is the correct answer because the quote mentions "Papa," indicating that the speaker is referring to their father. Since Lyons is the only option that could potentially have a father referred to as "Papa," it can be inferred that Lyons is the one who said these words.

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  • 2. 

    Who said these words: "You can't visit the sins of the father upon the child."?

    • A.

      Bono

    • B.

      Troy

    • C.

      Lyons

    • D.

      Rose

    Correct Answer
    D. Rose
    Explanation
    Rose said the words "You can't visit the sins of the father upon the child." This implies that she believes that a person should not be held responsible or blamed for the actions or mistakes of their parents or ancestors. This statement suggests that Rose values individual accountability and believes in giving each person a fair chance, regardless of their family background.

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  • 3. 

    What does Gabe do when his trumpet fails to play?

    • A.

      Borrows a saxophone from Lyons

    • B.

      Spits

    • C.

      Dances and makes a cry

    • D.

      Fixes the trumpet

    Correct Answer
    C. Dances and makes a cry
    Explanation
    Gabe dances and makes a cry when his trumpet fails to play. This suggests that he is frustrated or upset with the situation. Dancing and making a cry could be his way of expressing his emotions and releasing his frustration. It is possible that he is trying to find a solution or cope with the disappointment of his trumpet not working.

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  • 4. 

    Troy perceives Death in what actual forms?

    • A.

      A coach and a marching band.

    • B.

      A salesman and an army.

    • C.

      A pitcher and a catcher.

    • D.

      A doctor and a lawyer.

    Correct Answer
    B. A salesman and an army.
    Explanation
    In the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, the character Troy is referencing the different forms in which he perceives death. He compares death to a salesman, representing the constant pressure and struggle to make a living. Additionally, he compares death to an army, symbolizing the overwhelming and inevitable force that cannot be escaped. These metaphors highlight Troy's fear and anxiety about mortality, as well as his perception of life as a constant battle.

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  • 5. 

    Why did Troy accidentally sign the papers that permitted Gabe to be sent to a mental hospital?

    • A.

      He couldn't read the papers.

    • B.

      He thought he was signing a baseball contract.

    • C.

      He was angry with Gabe for moving out.

    • D.

      He was tired of paying Gabe's bail.

    Correct Answer
    A. He couldn't read the papers.
    Explanation
    Troy accidentally signed the papers that permitted Gabe to be sent to a mental hospital because he couldn't read the papers. This implies that Troy may not have been able to understand the content or the implications of the documents he was signing. It suggests that Troy's lack of reading ability or comprehension led to the unintended consequence of Gabe being sent to a mental hospital.

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  • 6. 

    Why does Rose decide to care for Raynell?

    • A.

      Rose is Raynell's birth mother.

    • B.

      Raynell is sick.

    • C.

      Cory always wanted a sister.

    • D.

      She decides Raynell is innocent of Troy's sins.

    Correct Answer
    D. She decides Raynell is innocent of Troy's sins.
    Explanation
    Rose decides to care for Raynell because she believes that Raynell is innocent and should not be held responsible for Troy's actions or sins. Rose sees Raynell as a separate individual who deserves love and care, regardless of the circumstances surrounding her birth.

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  • 7. 

    Cory and Raynell do what together?

    • A.

      Play baseball

    • B.

      Sing

    • C.

      Plant a Garden

    • D.

      Cry

    Correct Answer
    B. Sing
    Explanation
    Cory and Raynell sing together.

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  • 8. 

    How does Troy die?

    • A.

      Suicide

    • B.

      Cory kills him with a baseball bat

    • C.

      A heart attack

    • D.

      Cancer

    Correct Answer
    C. A heart attack
    Explanation
    Troy dies from a heart attack.

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  • 9. 

    What does Cory do after high school?

    • A.

      He joins the Marines.

    • B.

      He joins the Army.

    • C.

      He attends the University of North Carolina.

    • D.

      He plays college football.

    Correct Answer
    A. He joins the Marines.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He joins the Marines." This means that after high school, Cory decides to join the Marines, indicating that he chooses a career in the military.

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  • 10. 

      After Rose learns of Troy's affair, she becomes more involved with what organization?

    • A.

      Cory's football team

    • B.

      Troy's union

    • C.

      Her church

    • D.

      Raynell's nursery school

    Correct Answer
    C. Her church
    Explanation
    After Rose learns of Troy's affair, she becomes more involved with her church. This suggests that Rose turns to her faith and seeks solace, support, and guidance from her religious community to cope with the emotional turmoil caused by her husband's infidelity. By becoming more involved with her church, Rose may find comfort, strength, and a sense of belonging, as well as a supportive network of individuals who share her values and beliefs. This involvement could also provide her with a distraction from the pain and betrayal she is experiencing, allowing her to focus on her spiritual growth and finding healing.

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  • 11. 

    What is Troy's promotion?

    • A.

      He becomes Bono's boss.

    • B.

      He becomes a garbage truck driver.

    • C.

      He becomes a union leader

    • D.

      He lifts garbage into the garbage trucks.

    Correct Answer
    B. He becomes a garbage truck driver.
    Explanation
    Troy's promotion is becoming a garbage truck driver. This can be inferred from the given options where the other choices do not mention anything about Troy's promotion. Becoming a garbage truck driver implies that Troy will now have a new job role and responsibilities related to operating a garbage truck.

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  • 12. 

    Where did Troy grow up?

    • A.

      Tallahassee

    • B.

      Pittsburgh

    • C.

      Somewhere in the south

    • D.

      Greentree

    Correct Answer
    C. Somewhere in the south
    Explanation
    The question is asking about the place where Troy grew up. The answer "Somewhere in the south" suggests that Troy's hometown is located in the southern region of a country. While the specific city or town is not mentioned, this answer implies that Troy's upbringing took place in a southern area.

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  • 13. 

    What do Bono and Troy stop doing together?

    • A.

      Playing dominoes and drinking

    • B.

      Cheating on their wives

    • C.

      Drinking and working

    • D.

      Playing baseball

    Correct Answer
    C. Drinking and working
    Explanation
    Bono and Troy stop drinking and working together. This suggests that they used to engage in these activities together but have now ceased doing so. This could imply that they have made a decision to focus on their responsibilities and refrain from indulging in alcohol. It could also indicate a change in their friendship or a shift in their priorities.

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  • 14. 

    Why didn't Troy get to play in the Major Leagues?

    • A.

      He was too old by the time they accepted black players.

    • B.

      He didn't get along with the coaches.

    • C.

      He was never good enough to play.

    • D.

      He didn't want to join

    Correct Answer
    A. He was too old by the time they accepted black players.
    Explanation
    Troy didn't get to play in the Major Leagues because he was too old by the time they accepted black players. This suggests that Troy was a talented black player who could have potentially played in the Major Leagues if he had been given the opportunity earlier. However, due to racial discrimination and segregation in baseball, he was denied the chance to showcase his skills at the highest level.

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  • 15. 

    How are Gabriel and Troy related?

    • A.

      They are cousins

    • B.

      They are friends

    • C.

      They are co-workers

    • D.

      They are brothers

    Correct Answer
    D. They are brothers
    Explanation
    Gabriel and Troy are brothers because the question asks for their relationship and the given answer states that they are brothers.

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  • 16. 

    Who originally knows about Troy's affair with Alberta?

    • A.

      Bono

    • B.

      Cory

    • C.

      Lyons

    • D.

      Mr. Rand

    Correct Answer
    A. Bono
    Explanation
    Bono originally knows about Troy's affair with Alberta.

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  • 17. 

    In what decade does Fences begin?

    • A.

      1980s

    • B.

      1950s

    • C.

      1960s

    • D.

      1920s

    Correct Answer
    B. 1950s
    Explanation
    Fences begins in the 1950s. This can be inferred from the fact that the play was written by August Wilson, who is known for his plays set in the 20th century, primarily focusing on the African American experience. Additionally, the themes and events depicted in Fences align with the social and racial dynamics of the 1950s, making it the most likely decade for the play to begin.

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  • 18. 

    What does Rose want Troy and Cory to finish building?

    • A.

      Roof

    • B.

      House

    • C.

      A baseball park

    • D.

      Fence

    Correct Answer
    D. Fence
    Explanation
    Rose wants Troy and Cory to finish building a fence. This is evident from the context of the question, which mentions that Rose wants them to "finish building." Since a fence is something that can be built, it is the most logical option for what Rose wants them to complete.

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  • 19. 

    What does Troy do that leads to Cory's first physical fight with Troy?

    • A.

      He tells Cory he cannot have a television

    • B.

      He makes Cory build a fence

    • C.

      He grabs Rose's arm

    • D.

      He prevents Cory from going to college

    Correct Answer
    C. He grabs Rose's arm
    Explanation
    Troy grabbing Rose's arm leads to Cory's first physical fight with Troy. This action by Troy could be seen as disrespectful and aggressive, causing Cory to react in defense of his mother. It is likely that this physical altercation is a result of built-up tension and frustration between Troy and Cory, ultimately culminating in a confrontation triggered by Troy's action of grabbing Rose's arm.

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  • 20. 

    Where is Cory supposed to work after school?

    • A.

      Taylor's

    • B.

      The A&P supermarket

    • C.

      Bono's house

    • D.

      The baseball park

    Correct Answer
    B. The A&P supermarket
    Explanation
    Cory is supposed to work at The A&P supermarket after school.

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  • 21. 

    What kind of music does Lyons play?

    • A.

      Classical

    • B.

      Hip-Hop

    • C.

      Jazz

    • D.

      Blues

    Correct Answer
    C. Jazz
    Explanation
    Lyons plays jazz music.

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  • 22. 

    Where do Bono and Troy meet Alberta?

    • A.

      Bono's House

    • B.

      The Baseball Park

    • C.

      Taylor's

    • D.

      The A&P supermarket

    Correct Answer
    C. Taylor's
    Explanation
    Bono and Troy meet Alberta at Taylor's.

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  • 23. 

    What Saint does Gabriel think he talks to?

    • A.

      Paul

    • B.

      Peter

    • C.

      Augustine

    • D.

      Anne

    Correct Answer
    B. Peter
    Explanation
    Gabriel believes that he talks to Saint Peter.

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  • 24. 

    What made Troy sick enough to go to the hospital in 1941?      

    • A.

      Typhoid fever

    • B.

      Pneumonia

    • C.

      Small pox

    • D.

      Yellow fever

    Correct Answer
    B. Pneumonia
    Explanation
    Troy went to the hospital in 1941 because he had pneumonia.

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  • 25. 

    Where did Troy and Bono meet?

    • A.

      Jail

    • B.

      A Hardware Store

    • C.

      College

    • D.

      In the Negro Leagues

    Correct Answer
    A. Jail
    Explanation
    Troy and Bono met in jail.

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  • 26. 

    Where did Troy meet Bono?

    • A.

      Backstage at one of his concerts

    • B.

      In college

    • C.

      In prison

    • D.

      At a political rally.

    Correct Answer
    C. In prison
    Explanation
    Troy met Bono in prison. This implies that both Troy and Bono were incarcerated at the same correctional facility. The other options (backstage at a concert, in college, at a political rally) are not mentioned in the given information, making them incorrect choices.

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  • 27. 

    Why does Lyons stop by Troy's house in Act One?

    • A.

      To threaten him

    • B.

      To ask for money

    • C.

      To wash his car

    • D.

      Lyons thought it was his house.

    Correct Answer
    B. To ask for money
    Explanation
    In Act One, Lyons stops by Troy's house to ask for money. This suggests that Lyons is in need of financial assistance and sees Troy as a potential source of support. It could also imply that Lyons has a habit of borrowing money from Troy, which is why he feels comfortable approaching him for this reason.

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  • 28. 

    Who does Troy's brother Gabriel think he is? 

    • A.

      The archangel Gabriel

    • B.

      Gunga Din

    • C.

      Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire

    • D.

      Troy

    Correct Answer
    A. The archangel Gabriel
    Explanation
    Troy's brother Gabriel thinks he is the archangel Gabriel. This suggests that Gabriel believes he possesses the qualities and characteristics associated with the archangel Gabriel, who is often depicted as a powerful and important figure in various religious and mythological traditions.

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  • 29. 

    What is Troy trying to become?

    • A.

      The first black garbage truck driver

    • B.

      The first black Mayor of Pittsburgh

    • C.

      The first black policeman

    • D.

      The first black man to live through the end of an August Wilson play

    Correct Answer
    A. The first black garbage truck driver
    Explanation
    Troy is trying to become the first black garbage truck driver. This can be inferred from the given options where the other choices are about becoming the first black Mayor of Pittsburgh, the first black policeman, and the first black man to live through the end of an August Wilson play.

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  • 30. 

    Why does Troy refuse to let his son Cory go to college on a football scholarship? 

    • A.

      Because he wants his son to play professional baseball

    • B.

      Because he doesn't believe that Cory will ever amount to anything, and he'd be around the house.

    • C.

      Because he is insistent that Cory go to the same college he attended.

    • D.

      Because he is afraid that Cory will suffer from racial discrimination at school.

    Correct Answer
    D. Because he is afraid that Cory will suffer from racial discrimination at school.
    Explanation
    Troy refuses to let his son Cory go to college on a football scholarship because he is afraid that Cory will suffer from racial discrimination at school.

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  • 31. 

    What happens to Alberta, the woman with whom Troy has been having an affair?

    • A.

      Troy's wife, Rose, murders her.

    • B.

      She commits suicide when Rose threatens to make the affair public.

    • C.

      She dies in childbirth.

    • D.

      She lives.

    Correct Answer
    C. She dies in childbirth.
    Explanation
    In the play "Fences" by August Wilson, Alberta, the woman with whom Troy has been having an affair, dies in childbirth. This event has a significant impact on the characters and the storyline. It adds to the complexity of Troy's relationships and the consequences of his actions. The death of Alberta also serves as a turning point in the play, leading to further conflicts and revelations.

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  • 32. 

    What is one of the reasons that Troy and Bono are longer friends? 

    • A.

      Troy slept with Bono's wife.

    • B.

      Bono is disappointed in Troy for cheating on Rose.

    • C.

      In a moment of uncontrolled rage that deeply regrets, he called Bono the n word one too many times.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. Bono is disappointed in Troy for cheating on Rose.
    Explanation
    Troy and Bono are no longer friends because Bono is disappointed in Troy for cheating on Rose. This implies that Troy had an affair with Bono's wife, which caused a breach of trust and led to the deterioration of their friendship.

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  • 33. 

    Why does Rose think Troy had Gabriel commtted?

    • A.

      Because Troy feels threatened by Gabriel.

    • B.

      Because it was the only way Troy could exert his power over Rose.

    • C.

      To get half of Gabriel's disability money.

    • D.

      Gabriel killed someone.

    Correct Answer
    C. To get half of Gabriel's disability money.
    Explanation
    Rose thinks Troy had Gabriel committed to get half of Gabriel's disability money. This can be inferred from the information given in the question. There is no mention of Troy feeling threatened by Gabriel or wanting to exert his power over Rose. Additionally, there is no mention of Gabriel killing someone. Therefore, the most logical explanation is that Troy had Gabriel committed in order to gain access to his disability money.

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  • 34. 

    Who wins the fight between Troy and Cory?

    • A.

      Troy

    • B.

      Cory

    • C.

      Neither wins- they are both mortally wounded and die.

    • D.

      It was a good fight but neither wins.

    Correct Answer
    A. Troy
    Explanation
    Troy wins the fight between him and Cory.

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  • 35. 

    How does Cory come dressed to Troy's funeral? 

    • A.

      In rags

    • B.

      In expensive finery

    • C.

      In military uniform

    • D.

      In regular street clothes

    Correct Answer
    C. In military uniform
    Explanation
    Cory comes dressed in military uniform to Troy's funeral. This suggests that Cory is honoring his father's legacy as a soldier and showing his respect for him. It also symbolizes the pride Cory feels for his own military service and his desire to pay tribute to his father's life. Additionally, wearing a military uniform adds a sense of formality and solemnity to the occasion, reflecting the importance and significance of the funeral.

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  • 36. 

    Fences are full of what kind of imagery?

    • A.

      Gold

    • B.

      Baseball

    • C.

      Football

    • D.

      Tennis

    Correct Answer
    B. Baseball
    Explanation
    Fences are often associated with baseball imagery because they are commonly seen in baseball fields, particularly as the outfield boundary. The presence of fences in baseball creates a visual image that is closely tied to the sport. Additionally, the act of hitting a baseball over a fence for a home run is a significant and memorable moment in the game. Therefore, the correct answer for the type of imagery associated with fences is baseball.

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  • 37. 

    What is described as an "a fastball on the outside corner"?

    • A.

      Death

    • B.

      Life

    • C.

      Childbirth

    • D.

      Graduation

    Correct Answer
    A. Death
    Explanation
    An "a fastball on the outside corner" refers to a baseball pitch that is thrown with great speed and accuracy towards the outer edge of the strike zone. In this context, the term "death" is used metaphorically to describe a pitch that is difficult to hit and often results in a strikeout. This analogy implies that death is inevitable and unavoidable, just like a well-executed fastball on the outside corner.

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  • 38. 

    With what weapon to Cory and Troy threaten each other? 

    • A.

      Vase

    • B.

      Baseball bat

    • C.

      Computer

    • D.

      Television

    Correct Answer
    B. Baseball bat
    Explanation
    Cory and Troy threaten each other with a baseball bat.

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  • 39. 

    In the final scene of the play, a seven-year-old Raynell runs in her nightgown to see what?

    • A.

      Sunrise

    • B.

      Meteor

    • C.

      Asteroid

    • D.

      Garden

    Correct Answer
    D. Garden
    Explanation
    In the final scene of the play, a seven-year-old Raynell runs in her nightgown to see the garden. This suggests that the garden holds a significant meaning or importance in the play. It could symbolize growth, renewal, or a sense of peace and tranquility. Raynell's excitement to see the garden implies that it brings her joy and happiness, possibly representing a hopeful and optimistic future.

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  • 40. 

    Though there are only two actual death in Fences, _____________________ is a constant theme. 

    • A.

      Mortality

    • B.

      Morality

    • C.

      Pride

    • D.

      Ambition

    Correct Answer
    A. Mortality
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Mortality". The statement implies that although there are only two actual deaths in the play "Fences", the theme of mortality is consistently present throughout. This suggests that death and the concept of mortality are important and recurring elements in the play, influencing the characters and their actions.

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  • 41. 

    Troy constantly wants to

    • A.

      Show morality to his family.

    • B.

      Show mortality to the family.

    • C.

      Show love to his family.

    • D.

      Show duty to his family.

    Correct Answer
    D. Show duty to his family.
    Explanation
    Troy constantly wants to show duty to his family. This means that he feels a strong sense of responsibility towards his family and strives to fulfill his obligations towards them. He likely prioritizes their needs and well-being, and takes his role as a family member seriously. This could involve taking care of them, providing support, and making sacrifices for their sake. By demonstrating his duty to his family, Troy shows his commitment and loyalty towards them.

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  • 42. 

    Who said, "Well, as long as you got your complaint filed, they can’t fire you. That’s what one of them white fellows tell me."?

    • A.

      Troy Maxson

    • B.

      Cory Maxson

    • C.

      Bono

    • D.

      Gabriel

    Correct Answer
    A. Troy Maxson
    Explanation
    Troy Maxson said, "Well, as long as you got your complaint filed, they can't fire you. That's what one of them white fellows tell me." This suggests that Troy believes that filing a complaint protects an employee from being fired, as he heard from a white person.

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  • 43. 

    Q. Who said, "I thought only white folks had inside toilets and things."?

    • A.

      Cory Maxson

    • B.

      Troy Maxson

    • C.

      Bono

    • D.

      Lyons

    Correct Answer
    B. Troy Maxson
    Explanation
    Troy Maxson said, "I thought only white folks had inside toilets and things." This quote suggests that Troy, the main character in the play "Fences" by August Wilson, is expressing surprise or disbelief at the idea of indoor plumbing being available to African Americans. This statement reflects the racial inequality and segregation that existed during the time the play is set in.

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  • 44. 

    .Who said, "He ought to go and get recruited in how to fix cars or something where he can make a living."?  

    • A.

      Rose

    • B.

      Cory

    • C.

      Troy

    • D.

      Gabriel

    Correct Answer
    C. Troy
    Explanation
    Troy said, "He ought to go and get recruited in how to fix cars or something where he can make a living." This implies that Troy believes that the person being referred to should pursue a career in fixing cars or a similar field in order to earn a living.

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  • 45. 

    Who said, "They gonna send a recruiter by to talk to you. He’ll tell you he ain’t talking about making no living playing football."?  

    • A.

      Troy

    • B.

      Gabriel

    • C.

      Rose

    • D.

      Cory

    Correct Answer
    C. Rose
    Explanation
    In the play "Fences" by August Wilson, the character Rose says, "They gonna send a recruiter by to talk to you. He'll tell you he ain't talking about making no living playing football." This quote reflects Rose's concern for her son, Cory, who dreams of playing football professionally. She is skeptical of the promises made by recruiters and wants Cory to focus on getting a stable job instead of pursuing a career in football.

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  • 46. 

    . Who said, "If you wanted to change me, you should’ve been there when I was growing up."?

    • A.

      Gabriel

    • B.

      Lyons

    • C.

      Cory

    • D.

      Rose

    Correct Answer
    B. Lyons
    Explanation
    Lyons is the correct answer because the quote implies that someone should have been present during Lyons' formative years in order to influence and shape their character. The other options do not provide any context or indication of a personal connection to the quote.

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  • 47. 

    Who said these words: "Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in" ?

    • A.

      Bono

    • B.

      Troy

    • C.

      Rose

    • D.

      Gabriel

    Correct Answer
    B. Troy
    Explanation
    The quote "Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in" is spoken by the character Troy Maxson in August Wilson's play titled "Fences." Troy Maxson, portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film adaptation of the play, delivers this line as he reflects on the idea of barriers and their impact on people's lives and relationships.

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