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. When does Stanley tell McCann that his birthday really is?

2. How does Stanley describe his second course of breakfast to Meg?

3. What does Meg give Stanley for his second course at breakfast?

4. Where does McCann sit at the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?

5. What does Meg brag to Goldberg and McCann about regarding Stanley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the conversation between McCann, Goldberg, and Stanley regarding the "necessary and possible"?

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

3. Describe Stanley's appearance when he is brought downstairs in the final scene.

4. Describe the interaction between Lulu and Stanley at the end of Act 1, Part 1.

5. What is the nature of Goldberg's compliments to Meg at the beginning of Act 2, Part 3?

6. How does Stanley react after McCann and Goldberg continue to interrogate him near the end of Act 2, Part 2?

7. What is the nature of Meg and Stanley's conversation regarding his birthday in Act 1, Part 2?

8. At the beginning of the play, what is the nature of Stanley and Meg's conversation regarding breakfast?

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

10. Who is the only character to emerge from the play with his/her delusions intact?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism of the broken drum in the play. In what way might it have represented Stanley's emotional state?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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