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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Hannah slap Bernard?
2. What does Bernard offer to do for Valentine?
3. Bernard's dialogue reveals _____________________-.
4. What is the difficulty with Thomasina's diagram?
5. At the start of the scene, Bernard is _____________________.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Stoppard's play explores classical and romantic understanding in several situations. Write an essay in which you determine whether Stoppard seems to favor one of these schools of thought over the other. Use examples from the text to support your ideas.
Essay Topic 2
George Jean Nathan once remarked, "Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people." Consider the role of wealth and privilege in Stoppard's play and then defend, refute, or qualify Nathan's quote as it applies to the text.
Essay Topic 3
Consider the two turtles mentioned in the play. Reviewing any mention of the turtles, write an essay in which you determine the symbolic meaning of the animals, and the reason for their constant presence onstage.
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