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 event are the men celebrating?

2. How does Michael's apartment appear?

3. What does Michael do after Cowboy finishes singing?

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

5. Who does Donald say is responsible for his being gay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What finally breaks the tension at dinner?

2. Why is Emory annoyed with Cowboy?

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

4. With whom does Harold leave the party?

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

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

7. What are Donald's plans to end the evening?

8. Describe the contentious dynamic between Michael and Harold at dinner.

9. What does Alan say are his reasons for coming to Michael's this evening?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Alcohol abuse seems to be an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the abuse? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? How does it affect the abusers? How does it affect those impacted by the abusers? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

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

Project into the future ten years after the end of the play and write a brief synopsis for the lives of four of the characters. Be sure to incorporate personal, political and cultural impacts on the characters' lives.

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