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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 do once he recognizes the Maniac leaving the office in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Who does the Maniac tell Sports Jacket he is in the beginning of Dr. Act 1, Scene 2?

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

4. What does the Maniac practice after his phone call in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. What did the Anarchist ask for after the Superintendent told him his friend confessed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Maniac react to the "second version" of the statement about the Anarchist? What question remains?

2. What is Bertozzo's reaction to meeting the "Forensics Expert" from Rome?

3. What is implied with the Maniac's joke regarding the "laughter" in the interrogation?

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

5. How does the Maniac respond to the journalist's questioning? How do the others?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare Accidental Death of an Anarchist to a play of the Commedia dell'arte style. What similarities exist between the two? What differences? What character might be what stock character from Commedia? Why?

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

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?

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