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. With whom does Clive appear when he re-enters the room from meeting with their guest in Act 1?

2. Why does Mrs. Saunders go outside while the men are in the stables?

3. What does Clive spill on his pants at the picnic?

4. What does the play start with in Act I?

5. Who witnesses the confessions made by Betty and Harry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why may Betty be confused since her separation with Clive?

2. Betty proposes the idea of buying a large house for everyone to live in. What is the purpose of Betty wanting to do this?

3. Edward quits his job to "keep house" for Victoria and Lin. Is this situation surprising?

4. Why wouldn't Clive believe Edward when he blames Joshua for destroying the doll?

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. Why would the characters only age 25 years if Act 2 takes place a 100 years later?

7. How does the game hide and seek fit appropriately with the characters sharing feelings with each other as they encounter one another?

8. At the end of the Act, Joshua points a gun at Clive and Edward stands by and does nothing. What do these events signify?

9. What is the significance of Joshua telling Edward a story about his people?

10. What is the significance of Cathy's rude skipping song?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Time and age are dominant concepts in Cloud 9. Time passes quickly, while the characters age slowly. What is the significance of time in Cloud 9? Why is the mentioning of time and age important? What is the significance of younger characters appearing to the older ones throughout the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Sexual gender is a unique concept that is fabricated upon throughout Cloud 9. Many of the female characters were played by men and vice versa. What is the significance of the author developing the characters in this way? Are the genders of the actors appropriate for the characters in which they play? Why or why not?

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