Fences by August Wilson: Summary & Analysis


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In Fences, Troy Maxson never got the chance to play pro baseball because he _____.

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1. In Fences, Troy Maxson's younger brother, Gabriel, _____.

2. In Fences, Troy Maxson's son Cory is being recruited by colleges to play _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our quiz/worksheet combo checks your comprehension of the play Fences by August Wilson. The multiple-choice questions on this quiz ask you about the main plot of the story as well as what the title implies about the characters and the challenges they face.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take this quiz to assess your ability to:

  • Explain why Troy Maxson never got the chance to play pro baseball
  • Provide some information about Troy Maxson's younger brother, Gabriel
  • Identify the sport that Maxson's son Cory is being recruited to play in college
  • Detail what the title of play refers to in the story
  • Discuss what the last fence in the story refers to

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the title of the play in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Fences lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why Troy Maxson never played pro baseball
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about which sport Maxson's son is being recruited to play in college

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more information about this play, take a look at our lesson called Fences by August Wilson: Summary & Analysis. After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Explain how Troy Maxson is able to afford the house he lives in
  • Discuss why Troy discourages Cory from playing college sports
  • Detail why Troy and Rose are fighting
  • Identify why Cory says he won't go to Troy's funeral