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. Who does the Maniac pretend to be while on the phone in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. What does the Maniac do into the phone and pretend it's Bertozzo?

3. What does the armed robbery citation say was robbed?

4. In what version of the statement was it stated that the anarchist, looking "beaten-down," had lit a cigarette and commented in a tragic voice, "this is the end of the anarchist movement?"

5. What does the Maniac offer to assist with on the report in Act 1, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Maniac trip up the Superintendent on his story?

2. What is the Maniac's suggestion to the Superintendent and Sports Jacket, considering their situation of desperation in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

4. How does the Maniac react when Bertozzo says if he will just sign the statement, he will let him go?

5. What do Sports Jacket and the Superintendent do at the Maniac's request for recreating the scene?

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

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

8. How is the Maniac's treatment of the Superintendent and Sports Jacket a recreation of their statement about the Anarchist?

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

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

Describe the use of imagery in the play. Define the terms simile and metaphor and give examples of each from the text. What is the purpose of imagery?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the slapstick elements of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. What do these actions and "bits" counterbalance? Where did slapstick originate?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relation of Accidental Death of an Anarchist to the real-life trial of Giuseppe Pinelli and his subsequent death. What characters are reflective of actual people in this public scandal? How does Fo use this as a backdrop for the themes he presents?

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