Blue Surge Test | Final 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. How does Sandy respond to the interaction between Curt and Beth regarding Sandy being at the apartment?

2. What has Curt been doing for the last four years of his relationship with Beth?

3. What is Doug's advice to Curt about his life?

4. How does Curt respond to Sandy's reasoning in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. What kind of work does Sandy tell Curt she not be willing to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about Sandy's personality makes her horrified at Curt stealing the money? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

2. At the end of Act 1, Scene 8, what made Sandy change her mind about letting Curt help her find a new job?

3. How does Sandy react when Beth arrives at Curt's apartment and finds her there? Have examples from Act 2, Scene 1, support your answer.

4. Where does Sandy go to for help before returning to her apartment to find the padlocked door in Act 2, Scene 2? What happens when she gets there?

5. What evidence in the play supports Curt's decision to go after Sandy instead of staying at the apartment and talking with Beth?

6. Is there evidence to support Curt holding Beth's middle-class upbringing against her in Act 2, Scene 3?

7. Is there evidence in Act 2,Scene 1, to justify Beth being upset that Sandy is wearing Curt's clothes and has obviously been sleeping at the apartment?

8. Based on the description of the Act 2, Scene 1, setting, what can we assume about Curt and Sandy's sleeping arrangements?

9. In Act 2, Scene 6, how does Doug encourage Curt?

10. Is there evidence in the play to support Doug's feeling that Heather might be faking her interest in him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Curt and Doug are partners. At the beginning of the play, Curt is the strong one of the duo and is understanding of Doug's irresponsible ways. By the end, Doug is supporting Curt and understanding of his mistakes, telling him to get his life together before he ruins it completely.

1. What makes Doug grow up and take over Curt's responsible role? Use examples from the play to support.

2. A year later, Doug seems to still be helping Curt along. Why was Curt never able to return to his original role of being the strong one in the relationship? Have examples from the play to support.

3. What has helped Doug remain strong and supportive and able to help Curt through his tough time? Why didn't he stay irresponsible? Use examples from the play to support.

Essay Topic 2

Each piece of literature has a theme.

1. What does theme mean?

2. What is the theme of "Blue Surge"? Use examples from the play to support.

3. Was Gilman affective in portraying her theme? Is there anything she could have done differently that would have impacted the theme in a positive way? What would have impacted the theme in a negative way? Use examples from the play to support.

Essay Topic 3

There is a lot of foul language throughout the play by both the men and women.

1. Does the language convey appropriate emotion? Would there have been a different way to express that emotion?

2. How does the language affect the controversial element of the play?

3. What does the language show us about the characters' environment?

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