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. How does Teach describe the division of labor between him, Don, and Fletcher?

2. Why does Don assume the coin collector is going away for the weekend?

3. Who tells Don, "you got to trusts your instincts, right or wrong"?

4. What does Bob say Fletcher stole from Ruthie?

5. When Bob returns from the diner, what does he buy for his breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. What time is Teach supposed to be back at the shop for the break in?

2. How does Don show his concern for Bob's welfare in the beginning of Act I?

3. How does Don seem reluctant to tell Teach about the planned break in to steal from the coin collector?

4. What is Teach's reaction to having Fletcher on the break in job?

5. Why doesn't Bob want to go to the hospital to have his ear checked?

6. In the beginning of the play, how is it clear that Teach does not think highly of Bob?

7. What is the importance of time in Act II?

8. How does Don seem to be handling the plan for the robbery?

9. What collectibles do Don and Teach talk about while they're waiting for Bob to return with breakfast?

10. Why is Don so upset that Fletcher has not arrived in the evening?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Bob's lie about seeing the coin collector leave his house critical to the play? How does that piece of information change Don's plan to break into the house? Why do you think Bob lied about this?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the buffalo nickel in this play? How does the nickel, which sells for quite a profit in the beginning of the play, become the impetus for Don's plan to rob his customer? What motivates Don to plan the robbery?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how nicknames are used in the play. What is the significance of Bob calling Don "Donny" at the end of Act II? Is Teach's nickname appropriate for him? Why or why not?

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