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 consistently backs up the story that the Maniac feeds the Superintendent and Sports Jacket about their conversation with the anarchist?

2. What happens to Bertozzo at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

3. What was the Anarchist's occupation?

4. What does Bertozzo ask the Maniac if he's ever impersonated?

5. What do the Superintendent and Sports Jacket ask of the Maniac in Act 1, Scene 2 once they've been told they'll be prosecuted?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the Maniac encounter when leaving the office the second time in Act 1, Scene 1? What does this character do?

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

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

4. What does the Maniac say he thinks about judges?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "Scandal, Revolution, and Reform" as a theme in Accidental Death of an Anarchist. How is this theme exemplified in the play? Who argues the opposing points of this theme?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of "Fear and Submission." What does this mean? How does Fo implement this theme in the play? Give examples in the text which reflect this theme.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of the Maniac and the Journalist. How are these characters alike? How are they different? What are the examples of their opposing stances on themes of the play?

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