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. In what way does McCann tear the newspaper?

3. What does McCann say is the only reason he is nervous in Act 1, Part 2?

4. What type of room does Meg say she has for the men coming to stay in their boardinghouse?

5. What does Meg give Stanley as a gift?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Meg's interaction with the deliveryman.

3. How does Meg act when she hears someone coming down the stairs in Act 3, Part 1?

4. Describe Goldberg's speech in regards to the principles he believes in.

5. What is Stanley's reaction when Meg mentions the two men that will be staying in the boardinghouse in Act 1, Part 1?

6. Describe Meg and Petey's conversation at the beginning of the play.

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

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

9. What is the nature of Goldberg and McCann's conversation regarding Stanley in the final scene?

10. What is the nature of Petey and Goldberg's conversation regarding Stanley in Act 3, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism of McCann shredding the newspaper in the play. How might this act represent what he is currently doing to Stanley's life?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the author's use of suspense in the play. What methods did he use to create a sense of suspense in the lives of these characters?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the nature of no person or action being what it seems in the play. What message might the author have been trying to get across by doing this?

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