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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 does the Maniac tell the Constable when he asks what's going on in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Who says, "These characters have the power to save or destroy however and whenever they will: they toss out certain life sentences just the way someone might say, 'maybe it will rain tomorrow'?"

3. Who does the Maniac tell Sports Jacket he once knew who massaged himself in such a way?

4. Where do the Superintendent and Sports Jacket say they got the news that the anarchist dancer had confessed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Superintendent's report claim the Anarchist suffered? What is this?

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

3. What happens with the Maniac's "glass eye" during Act 2, Scene 1?

4. What is the Maniac's justification for his "crimes" in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. What does the Maniac tell Bertozzo about grammar in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

7. What does the journalist ask the Superintendent first in her interview?

8. What does the Maniac say to the journalist about scandal?

9. What does the Maniac re-costume himself as before the reporter arrives? What do the others say?

10. What information is learned from the phone call during the meeting of the Maniac and the police officers? What reaction does this cause?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of political theater as an instrument to induce change. How has Accidental Death of an Anarchist been used in this way? Where have productions been reproduced for this effect?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Brechtian elements of the play, particularly that of the Alienation Effect. Where is this technique employed? What effect does it have? Why did Fo choose to use it?

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