Accidental Death of an Anarchist Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the Anarchist ask for after the Superintendent told him his friend confessed?

2. What does the Maniac say prevents him from committing fraud on his business card?

3. From what floor did the Anarchist jump?

4. Who says, "I'll bet you're even saner than I am?"

5. How many "versions" of the statement regarding the anarchist's death are there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the time difference in the "raptus" versus the suicide seem to indicate to the Maniac?

2. What do the police records show regarding the Maniac's history? How does he respond to these allegations?

3. In what state is the Superintendent when he enters in Act 1, Scene 2? Why?

4. How does the Maniac convince Sports Jacket and the Superintendent to go along with his plan at the end of Act 1, Scene 2? What happens at the end of this act?

5. What does the Maniac return for in Act 1, Scene 1? What does he find?

6. How does the Maniac say he "trained" for his work as a psychiatrist?

7. How does the Maniac "prepare" after his phone call in Act 1, Scene 1?

8. What is the Maniac doing in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

9. What does the Maniac do with the documents he finds while in the office alone?

10. What is the Superintendent and Sports Jacket's reaction to the Maniac's accusations of harsh interrogation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the character of the Maniac with that of the police officers. How is he different? What similarities do they have?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss "Class Oppression" as a theme in Accidental Death of an Anarchist. How is this theme exemplified in the play? Where is this topic presented and argued? By whom?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss foreshadowing in Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Where does foreshadowing take place? What effect does it have? Define the term in your answer and give examples from the text where this technique is used.

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