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 took place previously in the room that Act 1, Scene 2 is set in?

2. Who does the Maniac demand be brought into the office with him and Sports Jacket in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. Why does the Maniac learn the judge is coming?

4. Who tells the judge, "No, we wanted to prove that the 'raptus' couldn't have been caused by our deceptions, by our false statements?"

5. From what floor did the Anarchist jump?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Maniac joke about regarding the "laughter" in the interrogation with the Anarchist?

2. How does the Maniac feel after taking the phone call in Act 1, Scene 1? Why?

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

4. What evidence does the journalist produce regarding the Anarchist's jump?

5. Who/what does the Superintendent say pushed him toward the "raptus?" How does the Maniac reply?

6. How does the Maniac offer to help out the Superintendent and Sports Jacket with their second version?

7. What does the journalist ask about the police interaction with the bomber? How does the Superintendent reply?

8. What does the journalist say about the Anarchist's death being an accident? What is she implying?

9. What does the Maniac do when the Constable comes into the office in Act 1, Scene 2?

10. What does the Maniac do when the phone rings in the office in Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the Maniac as the role of the Raisonneur and the Trickster character. What do these terms mean? How do they apply to the Maniac? Give examples in your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the style of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Define different stylistic elements of the play discussed in class.

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