The Boys in the Band 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 shocks Harold when he enters the apartment?

2. Why is Emory annoyed at Cowboy?

3. Who is the first guest to arrive?

4. What topic do the men discuss related to school roommates?

5. What is Michael doing as the play begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Michael clarify an invitation for Alan to come over for drinks?

2. What does Alan's character symbolize in the play?

3. How does Alan react to the insinuation that he is gay?

4. Why are Hank's game points in question after he makes the phone call in Affairs of the Heart?

5. How does Act 1 end?

6. How does Michael enlist Donald's help regarding Alan's presence at the party tonight?

7. What insight does Donald share about what he has learned in therapy?

8. From what does Donald suffer and how does it impact his life?

9. Why is Emory annoyed with Cowboy?

10. What are Alan's feelings about the party at this point in the evening?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of Alan's character in the play? Why did the author choose to insert him into the drama? Do you think Alan or the other men are better off for Alan's presence in the play? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The story takes place as America is experiencing the Hippie Generation, the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and drug usage in the late 1960s. Explain the significance of these political and cultural events on Michael and the other men. How would Michael and the other men's lives be different today? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of evolving roles is an important one in this story. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

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