A Chorus of Disapproval Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Ian answers the door, where does Fay lead Guy?

2. About whom does Dafydd complain to Guy in Act 2, Scene 2?

3. Fay tells Guy that anything goes except for what?

4. What does Fay realize about Guy's lady friend who was to accompany him?

5. What does Ian ask Guy about when Fay leaves the room while awaiting Guy's friend's arrival?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Guy appears to be an innocent pawn in several different story lines in this play. He strikes the reader as easily led, if not downright naive. However, there are times when one wonders if Guy might not be so innocent, especially when it comes to his relationships with Hannah and Fay. Identify situations in the play where Guy's participation is arguably a result of him allowing himself to be led. Afterward, identify situations where he appears to be proactive. Compare/contrast the two sets of situations. What, if anything, appears to be a common factor to both sets?

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