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. Where is Sandy at when Act 1, Scene 3 begins?

2. What is Doug's role in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. How does Curt know Beth?

4. How does Curt respond to Sandy's offer to him at the end of Act 1, Scene 6?

5. Why is Curt upset with Doug after Heather and Sandy are released from jail?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is their evidence in Act 1, Scene 6, to support the fact that Sandy and Curt are attracted to each other as more than just friends?

3. What makes Curt and Sandy's time together in Act 1, Scene 1, seem awkward?

4. What does Curt's love of nature and birds reveal about him?

5. Before the massage starts, Sandy has Curt sign a paper. Should Curt sign the paper, or is signing it foreshadowing bad things to come?

6. Does Doug have a right to arrest Heather? Support your answer with evidence.

7. Why did Sandy leave her mother's home at such a young age?

8. Based on what you have read so far through Act 1, Scene 4, predict if Curt and Beth's relationship will last. .

9. Are Heather's clothes typical of a massage therapist?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Curt has a dream of living by the state park and being a volunteer guide. Sandy has dreams of living in a beautiful home.

1. Do their dreams seem to make them more sad or give them something to hope for? Have examples to support.

2. Based on what we know about Curt and Sandy, are their goals attainable? Have examples to support.

3. Would we know as much about Curt and Sandy if the author hadn't included their goals in the play? What do their dreams reveal about them as people? Do their dreams make you like them more or less or not influence at all? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Sandy comes home to find her apartment destroyed and chained closed because Heather allowed her friends to have free reign of Sandy's apartment.

1. Should Sandy have to suffer because of Heather's mistakes? Was Sandy partially responsible for what happened to the apartment? Why or why not? Use examples from the play to support.

2. What does Heather's behavior with the apartment show about her character? Use examples from the play to support.

3. How would the story have changed if Heather or Sandy had been more responsible for the apartment? How would this change have impacted the outcome of the play? Use examples from the play to support.

Essay Topic 3

Beth spends a great deal of time encouraging Curt to improve himself and advance his career.

1. Does Beth want Curt to improve and get a promotion because she loves him? Have examples to support.

2. Why does Curt believe that Beth only keeps him around so she can feel good about herself while she looks down on him? Have examples to support.

3. What might be another motive of Beth's that causes her to continue to encourage Curt to get his promotion? Use examples from the play to support.

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