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. Why does Meg become excited in regards to her new tenants in Act 1, Part 2?

2. Why does Meg say she wishes Stanley would play music for them that day when first meeting Goldberg and McCann?

3. What does Goldberg say is essential for a man to do in Act 1, Part 2?

4. What nickname does Goldberg say him mother called him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe McCann as he comes downstairs in Act 3, Part 1.

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

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

5. What is the nature of McCann and Stanley's interaction in Act 2, Part 1?

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

7. Describe the interaction between Meg and the two gentlemen when they first meet.

8. What does Stanley tell McCann in regard to his birthday in Act 2, Part 1?

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

10. Describe the interaction between Goldberg and Lulu in Act 3, Part 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of tension in the play. In what way was the author able to create a sense of tension between the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of sexual tension in the play. What might be the author's purpose for creating this tension?

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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