J. B. Topics for Further Study
by Archibald MacLeish

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Topics for Further Study

(Drama for Students)

Research the theories of communism, socialism and Marxism. What do these groups believe about the ways societies function and should function? What do they believe about individual freedoms and responsibilities?

The decade after World War II was a time of prosperity for many people and a time of increased poverty for others. Who profits financially from a war? Whose economic stability is threatened? Explain why this is the case.

The use of masks for theatre and for religious practices is a tradition that reaches far back in time and all around the world. Research the ways in which masks are used in African, Native American, and other cultures to represent and to communicate with God.

Read and research the biblical Book of Job. What is the origin of the story? When and where was it written? What questions do biblical scholars ask about the Prologue and the Epilogue? Do they agree in regard to the central idea, or question, of the book?