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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. When Ian invites Guy to join him and Fay, what does he tell Guy to bring?
2. What kind of names do Dafydd's daughters have?
3. Why does Ted have to leave rehearsal?
4. Who is playing the lead in The Beggar's Opera?
5. What kind of accent does Guy use to practice his only line as his initial character?
Short Essay Questions
1. Compare/contrast Dafydd and Guy. What do you think is the importance of this relationship to the play?
2. What is the importance of the first song sung from The Beggar's Opera in Act 2, Scene 1?
3. 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?
4. What is symbolic about the women of the cast turning to face Guy instead of doing as Dafydd instructs and turning to face Crispin?
5. What do you think the importance of the music from The Beggar's Opera is to this play? Why?
6. 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?
7. What is the symbolism of the reprieve MacHeath (played by Guy) receives from the executioner (played by Dafydd)?
8. 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?
9. Do you think Guy's ulterior motive in joining the company was to become involved with one of the women in the play? Why?
10. In Act 1, Scene 3, we are introduced to our first love triangle. Describe these relationships.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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