Blue Surge Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Rebecca Gilman
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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 is Heather's role in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What will $100 buy Doug?

3. What happens to Heather after she finds out who Doug really is?

4. How old is Sandy?

5. What kind of massage does Curt imply he is looking for from Sandy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Doug have feelings for Heather beyond her prostitution services? Have examples from Act 1, Scene 7, support your answer.

2. Why isn't Sandy mad at Curt for trying to trap her into accepting payment for sex?

3. How does Curt react to Doug's statements about Sandy in Act 1, Scene 7?

4. Curt and Sandy talk about their lives a little bit. Does Curt seem to like his job? Why?

5. Why does Curt want to help Sandy find a new line of work?

6. Based on Curt's actions toward Doug in Act 1, Scene 7, does it appear that Curt has feelings for Sandy?

7. Why is Beth so intent on Curt pursuing the promotion to lieutenant?

8. Why is Sandy arrested?

9. Sandy gives Curt a special massage to try to ease his tension. What does Sandy do during the special massage?

10. Is there evidence in the play to support Beth's feelings about Curt spending time with Sandy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Curt and Sandy discuss how they feel like they are watching themselves while alone in the state park.

1. What do they mean be this statement? How can someone watch themselves?

2. What does this quality reveal about both characters? Use examples from the play to support.

3. Do any elements about Doug and Sandy suggest that they understand how to watch themselves? Have examples from the play to support.

Essay Topic 2

The law is a focus in this play, and it is broken in several ways.

1. Which characters break the law and how is it broken?

2. Compare and contrast the laws that were broken. Does one seem to be worse than the others? Why or why not?

3. Are there instances in Curt's character where his stealing seems to be an innate quality? Where and why?

Essay Topic 3

Curt keeps insisting that Sandy find a new job even though she keeps telling him that she is happy being a prostitute.

1. Curt doesn't insist that any of the other characters find a new job. What about Sandy makes Curt feel compelled to help her?

2. If Sandy had had a wealthy upbringing like Beth and was still a prostitute, would Curt still feel so compelled to help her?

3. What is Curt's subconscious reasoning behind his insistence that Sandy find a new career? Have examples to support.

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