The Birthday Party 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. Who does Goldberg tell Meg he had previously spoke with when they first meet?

2. What does Goldberg tell McCann he did specifically for this job?

3. What does Petey tell Meg is new and coming soon to their area in Act 1, Part 1?

4. What does Petey excuse himself to do at the end of Act 2, Part 1?

5. What does Stanley tell Meg happened that prevented him from performing at a theater once?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of McCann and Goldberg's conversation regarding their job at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?

2. Describe the events that interrupt the argument between McCann, Goldberg and Stanley at the end of Act 2, Part 2.

3. What is the nature of Meg and Petey's conversation regarding Stanley at the beginning of Act 3, Part 1?

4. Describe McCann's appearance at the table at the beginning of Act 2, Part 1.

5. In what way do McCann and Goldberg say Stanley doesn't exist?

6. Describe Meg's interaction with the deliveryman.

7. How does Stanley react when McCann and Goldberg say he doesn't exist?

8. Describe the interaction between Stanley and Meg when she asks for a cigarette.

9. What is the nature of Goldberg and Petey's discussion of Stanley's glasses in Act 3, Part 1?

10. Describe the conversation between McCann and Goldberg before they enter the boardinghouse at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of friendship in the play. Were there any genuine friendships present in the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the nature of Goldberg and McCann's relationship in the play. What seems to be the rapport between the two men? What motivates their relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of safety in the play. In what ways was the safety of the play's characters in jeopardy? How did the characters' sense of safety play into their delusions?

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