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

2. What does the Maniac suggest to the Superintendent regarding Sports Jacket in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What does the Maniac ask the Superintendent if he hadn't had as a kid?

4. What does the Superintendent yell at Sports Jacket for upon his entrance?

5. What does the Maniac say that an Anarchist cares about above all else?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the phone call regarding which the Maniac takes in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

4. What does the Maniac realize is missing from the second version of the story?

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

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

7. What is described differently in the "second report?"

8. What is happening in the beginning of the play? What does Bertozzo want from the Maniac?

9. 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?

10. What does the Maniac tell the person on the phone about his message in Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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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