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

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

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

4. Why does Ted have to leave rehearsal?

5. With whom does Guy speak when looking for the director?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Guy's ulterior motive in joining the company was to become involved with one of the women in the play? Why?

2. What is the importance of the first song sung from The Beggar's Opera in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

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

5. Character development is very important in a play. Act 1, Scene 3 is all about character development. How does this bar scene give you the basic information you need to know about most of the characters?

6. Act 1, Scene 7 seems to be a bit more about Guy feeling a bit pleased with himself, maybe even a little bit cocky. Does he still retain the perceived innocence from earlier scenes?

7. Newly entrenched in the lead role as MacHeath, Guy sings a song at the end of Act 2, Scene 2. What is the importance of the song?

8. Ambition now seems to be one of Guy's driving forces after success with women and his acting. Cite examples of his ambition in his sexual conquests as well as his roles in the play.

9. What is the relevance of the song from The Beggar's Opera at the end of Act 2, Scene 3?

10. The BLM deal is again mentioned Act 1, Scene 6, almost as a sidebar. What purpose do you think it serves in this instance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dafydd is obviously passionately dedicated to The Beggar's Opera. He seems to spend all of his free time focusing on perfecting the play. His day job as a lawyer is very time consuming and often takes him away from home. Keeping this in mind, what do you think his relationship is like with his wife and daughters? Cite examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Guy's steadily advancing roles in The Beggar's Opera seem to mimic his social advancement. As his relationships with the men and women of the company mature, his new characters become steadily more important to the story line of The Beggar's Opera. Describe how his personal relationships, especially with women, advance his importance to The Beggar's Opera.

Essay Topic 3

Unhappy relationships abound in both The Beggar's Opera and A Chorus of Disapproval. Compare/contrast several unhappy relationships from either play and identify the causal factor in each. Do you think these relationships could be fixed? Why or why not, and if so, how?

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