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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 do Dafydd's children do when he has been away too long?

2. Who sings at the end of Act 1, Scene 5?

3. Who is Linda's boyfriend?

4. Who are Linda's parents?

5. What did Jarvis say he was forced to do when he didn't practice his craft?

Short Essay Questions

1. What impression does the reader get of Hannah? Does she seem happy? Why or why not?

2. Why is Guy uncomfortable with accepting the money that Jarvis sent him?

3. Rebecca makes a request of Guy. What does her request involve?

4. Again, a song from The Beggar's Opera is used to add to the scene. What is the importance of this song to Act 1, Scene 5?

5. Describe the significance of Fay and Ian's lifestyle.

6. In Act 1, Scene 4, we learn of Guy's wife's death and why he wanted to join The Beggar's Opera. What effect, good or bad, do you think his wife's death will have on his future relationships with women

7. What do you think the importance of the music from The Beggar's Opera is to this play? Why?

8. What does Jarvis's sawdust story tell you about him?

9. What are Hannah's chief complaints in Act 2, Scene 1?

10. The comedic action is based on the concept of misunderstanding. Once Guy finally figures out what is the true nature of his invitation to Ian and Fay's home, what does his follow through on the situation say about his personality?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The end of The Beggar's Opera has MacHeath being reprieved and all supposedly forgiven. Draw a parallel between the ending of The Beggar's Opera and the ending of A Chorus of Disapproval, illustrating the melding of the two endings into one resolution.

Essay Topic 2

The Beggar's Opera was written in 1728 by John Gay. A Chorus of Disapproval was written in 1984 by Alan Ayckbourn. The political climates during these times were vastly different, not to mention the extremely divergent attitude toward sex and morality. Yet, Ayckbourn seems to find a way to seamlessly merge the two plays into a flowing, interesting commentary on politics and morality which might suit any era. How do you think Ayckbourn manages to accomplish this difficult creative feat?

Essay Topic 3

Dafydd's temper eventually drives several of his actors away, leaving an opening for Guy to move up. Do you think this is purposeful? Why would Dafydd want to see Guy advance in the company?

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