Between the Acts Test | Final 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 Isa listen to as she crosses the lawn after the end of the pageant?

2. What is Miss La Trobe's final assessment of her play?

3. In the pageant, what is used to represent a lake?

4. Who sings a duet with Eleanor?

5. Where did Isa's mother die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does one audience member critique the play-within-a-play, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way"?

2. What do Isa, William and Giles think about after "A Picnic Party" ends?

3. What is used to set the stage for the "Ourselves" section of the pageant?

4. What does William think to himself as he says good-bye to Mrs. Swithin?

5. How does nature save the awkwardness of the beginning of the "Ourselves" section of the pageant?

6. After the pageant resumes following the intermission, who takes to the stage? Who particularly likes this portion of the pageant?

7. What makes Isa angry when she sees Giles in the barn?

8. When Mrs. Swithin suggests thanking Miss La Trobe after the pageant is over, what does Mr. Oliver explain?

9. What did Miss La Trobe hope to start the "Ourselves" section of the pageant with?

10. How does Miss La Trobe evaluate her pageant after it is done? What does she begin to plan as she leaves Pointz Hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and interpret the second scene of the pageant in the novel "Between the Acts". Describe the second scene. What takes place? How does the audience react? What is a restoration comedy? In what way is this scene a parody?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and interpret the characters of the novel, particularly the principle characters. Who are the principle characters, and why? What conflicts are they dealing with? Describe the relationships between these characters.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the modernist elements found in "Between the Acts." What is modernism? What are some elements of modernism in the novel? What are some examples of modernism in the pageant? How does the audience react to these examples?

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