As Bees in Honey Drown Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Douglas Carter Beane
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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 the photographer think of his subject?

2. What does Alexa say will happen to women who see Wyler in his suit?

3. How does Ronald describe Alexa in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

4. What does Alexa make Wyler promise her as she tells him the story in the hotel room?

5. What is the mood like at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Wyler's first novel about?

2. Why do Kaden and Illya call Wyler in Act 2, Scene 6?

3. Why does Skunk attack Wyler at the newsstand?

4. Why does Wyler go to the newsstand shop in Act 1, Scene 7?

5. Why do Alexa's victims not stop her from scamming someone else?

6. What type of picture does Wyler want of himself?

7. How does Bethany react when Wyler tells her Alexa referred to her as a masochist?

8. Why does Alexa say writers always have the last word?

9. Why is Ginny, the young violinist, nervous about getting her picture taken?

10. Who is Morris Kaden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the major themes of the play is fantasy versus reality. How is this theme evident in the play? What characters have problems dealing with fantasy versus reality? What does this theme say about life both in the play and in general? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Before Alexa became Alexa, she was Brenda Gelb from Pennsylvania. Describe the transformation that Brenda makes to become Alexa Vere de Vere. What prompts this transformation? How does she accomplish changing her personality and actions to fit Alexa instead of Brenda? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Plays are divided into acts and the acts into scenes. Why does a playwright divide the story this way? How is the addition or subtraction of scene a useful tool in playwriting? How do the divisions aid the audience/reader?

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