Cloud Nine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Before the children arrive, what does Maud tell Clive to do?

2. What does Clive try to convince Mrs. Saunders to do when they are in the open field?

3. Who orders Ellen and Betty to stop playing at the picnic?

4. Who comes looking for Edward outside in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. What does Clive encourage Betty to do during their private discussion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Betty and Clive?

2. How does Clive feel that Betty is "eroding" away the standards of his empire?

3. In the park, Edward gives Martin directions on how to take care of Tommy even though Martin is Tommy's father. What does this tell the audience about Martin's fathering skills?

4. Why would Joshua destroy the doll Edward adores so much?

5. Clive believes it is unsafe for anyone to leave the house. What does this tell the audience about the environment in which the characters live?

6. Harry confesses his passion for Betty when Clive is securing the barn. What does this tell you about Harry's value for friendship?

7. Harry misunerstands Clive when he speaks about the "sanctuary of the affection between men." What does Clive mean by this statement?

8. What does Clive's "empire" symbolize?

9. Why would Lin, Victoria and Edward perform a ritual to invoke the ancient female goddess?

10. Why would Joshua be rude to Betty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Act 1, Joshua aims a gun at Clive while Edward doesn't do anything to stop him. What is the significance of this event? Why would Joshua behave this way? Why wouldn't Edward try to prevent this?

Essay Topic 2

Children play a large role in the story Cloud 9. Why is the presence of children significant? How are the children of Victoria and Edward different than Cathy and Tommy? How are they the same? Do any of the other characters have childlike characteristics? If so, who?

Essay Topic 3

Although many of the conflicts are internalized within the characters, there are some external conflicts within the plot. What is one of the most crucial external conflict in Cloud 9? Why is this conflict so important?

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