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. How was the play perceived at its introduction in 1969?

2. Which of the following do the men not discuss after Alan arrives?

3. What is Larry's perspective on any agreement with Hank?

4. What is Cowboy's profession?

5. At whose apartment do the men gather?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Cowboy and why is he at the party tonight?

2. Explain the symbolism of Michael's apartment.

3. Describe Michael's collapse as the guests begin to leave the party.

4. How does the play open?

5. What do the men do as they wait for the other guests to arrive?

6. What seems to brighten Donald's glum mood?

7. How does Act 1 end?

8. How does Michael answer Donald's question about why Alan had come to the party tonight?

9. What happens when Alan comes back to the party after having removed himself to recover from the fight?

10. What clues do Larry and Donald give that they had had an intimate relationship?

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

Create a character study of Michael. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Michael?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this play. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

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