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. What does Meg continually ask a deliveryman if her package was near the end of Act 1, Part 1?

2. Where does Meg tell Stanley that Petey met the men coming to the boardinghouse in Act 1, Part 1?

3. Which of the following descriptions were not given to Stanley when he first comes down the stairs?

4. Where does Stanley kiss Meg after she gives him his gift?

5. Why does Stanley suddenly grab McCann's arm in Act 2, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Meg tell the two gentlemen about Stanley during their first meeting?

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

3. Describe the game the members of the birthday party play.

4. What does Stanley say regarding his time in Ireland in Act 2, Part 1?

5. How does McCann react when Stanley says he's not the kind of man to cause trouble in Act 2, Part 1?

6. Describe Meg's interaction with the deliveryman.

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

8. Describe the interaction between McCann and Lulu when he enters the room in Act 3, Part 2.

9. What does Goldberg tell Lulu he used to do every day before going home to his wife?

10. What does Petey say was the nature of his and Goldberg's conversation while outside in Act 2, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolism of the wheelbarrow in the play. What might the author hope for it to foreshadow for the characters in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the author's use of suppression in the play. What methods did the author use to create suppression in the characters?

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