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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the names of Kate’s brothers whom she says drove her mother crazy as they were growing up in Act I?
(a) George and Sandy
(b) Ben and Ezra
(c) Mel and Stanley
(d) James and Peter

2. What year is described as the setting in the stage directions for Act I?
(a) 1939
(b) 1941
(c) 1938
(d) 1937

3. Kate describes the Murphy family across the street as belonging to what group in Act I?
(a) The Israelis
(b) The Nazis
(c) The Goyim
(d) The Cossacks

4. Eugene says in Act I that he “got hit with a baseball right in the back of the skull” and had double vision for a week and still had to do what chore?
(a) Wash and iron his school clothes each day
(b) Carry a block of ice home every afternoon
(c) Take out the trash every morning
(d) Wash the dishes

5. What does Nora say will be on the stage in the Broadway musical she wants to be in, in Act I?
(a) A castle
(b) A big water tank
(c) A giant ship
(d) A large see-through net

6. What does Kate say she’s never done before in her life and “why should I start with my own family” in Act I?
(a) Cooked
(b) Fought
(c) Voted
(d) Took a stand

7. Eugene wishes that he’d been born into what heritage in the opening of Act I?
(a) Italian
(b) Irish
(c) German
(d) Jewish

8. On what day does Nora say she’s going to audition for the Broadway musical in Act I?
(a) Saturday
(b) Friday
(c) Tuesday
(d) Monday

9. What ailment does Eugene say his aunt Blanche suffers from in Act I?
(a) Tuberculosis
(b) Cancer
(c) Asthma
(d) A heart flutter

10. Nora tells her mother in Act I that in taking this Broadway role she could be making almost how much money per week?
(a) $80
(b) $100
(c) $60
(d) $200

11. What school classes does Nora say aren’t “going to help me on the stage” in Act I?
(a) Algebra and English
(b) Calculus and Home Economics
(c) Science and Math
(d) Drama and Dance

12. When Eugene mimes a ballgame in the opening of Act I, what name does he call the pitcher?
(a) JoJo Moore
(b) Dickey
(c) Ruffing
(d) Mel Ott

13. What batter “lopes up to the plate” after the first walks in Eugene’s imaginary baseball game in the opening of Act I?
(a) JoJo Moore
(b) Ruffing
(c) Dickey
(d) Mel Ott

14. Eugene claims that his grandfather died from what in Act I?
(a) Tuberculosis
(b) Diphtheria
(c) Pneumonia
(d) Polio

15. What batter walks in Eugene’s imaginary baseball game in the opening of Act I?
(a) Dickey
(b) JoJo Moore
(c) Mel Ott
(d) Ruffing

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the original production of Brighton Beach Memoirs premiere on Broadway?

2. What month is it in the opening of Act I?

3. How old is Laurie Morton described as in the stage directions from Act I?

4. What role did actor Peter Michael Goetz play in the original cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs?

5. Who responds to say they’re excited for her when Nora asks in Act I, “My God, isn’t anybody excited?”

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