American Buffalo 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 Teach say when Don tries calling Fletcher again?

2. Who says, "people are loose, people pay the price"?

3. In Act I, what does Teach mention about Bob that Don objects to?

4. Who says, "we do not need this guy," in response to the idea of bringing in Fletcher to help with the break in?

5. What does Don mean when he tells Bob to forget about the break in?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act II, why is Teach worried about Fletcher being involved in the job?

2. What do Bob and Don argue about in the opening scene of Act II?

3. What is the final thing that Don has to forgive Bob for?

4. What does Teach tell Don and Bob about the way Ruthie treated him at The Riverside?

5. Describe Teach's behavior after he hits Bob.

6. What does Bob reveal about why he bought the nickel after he has been hit?

7. How does the issue of Fletcher's whereabouts finally get resolved?

8. What new information about Fletcher comes out when Teach and Don argue about how to crack the combination of the safe?

9. Why does Teach object to sending Bob to break in to the coin collector's house?

10. How does Bob stand up for Ruthie in Act I?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the play, Don says "you tire me out, Walt." Discuss in an essay what Don means and why he has called Teach "Walt." What does it suggest about how Don sees Teach after their fight?

Essay Topic 2

Teach says, "we all live like the cavemen" after the violent encounter between him, Don, and Bob. Discuss the meaning of this statement as it pertains to Teach. How does Teach act more like a caveman than the other two characters?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of setting in the novel. How does Don's Resale Shop create a useful backdrop for the characters and their schemes?

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