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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. Who are Linda's parents?

2. What is Rebecca's complaint after Dafydd's outburst at Ted?

3. What is the mood between Hannah and Guy after they first meet and talk?

4. Dafydd says that everything in the Llewellyn house is ______________.

5. Why does Hannah run out of the room when Dafydd brings Guy to his home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the perceived dynamics between Enid, Ted and Linda?

3. What is the importance of the Welsh song to Dafydd? Do you think that attempting to sing that song endeared Guy to Dafydd or alienated him? Why?

4. Guy was married, but he still seems quite naive when it comes to sexual innuendos. Give an example of his naiveté as it relates Act 1, Scene 6.

5. 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?

6. What does Act 1, Scene 4 tell you about Dafydd's character? Does him seem self absorbed and boorish or simply clueless? Why?

7. The women of the cast have an obvious interest in Guy. How does this interest help to sharpen Guy's character for the reader?

8. Compare/contrast Dafydd and Guy. What do you think is the importance of this relationship to the play?

9. Does Fay seem to have a genuine emotional attachment to Guy, or do you think everything she does is for what she can get out of it?

10. What is satire? What does it add to a script? How is it used in the play The Beggar's Opera?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the symbolism in the sound of a pump engine that Jarvis is listening to on a personal stereo.

Essay Topic 3

The relationship between Fay and Guy seems to be purely sexual. We see no obvious emotional attachment. What do you think is the entire basis for this relationship? Do you think Ian and Fay planned this complicated pas de trois? If so, why?

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