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. Who stands alone and still on the porch for a long time while everyone is inside?

2. How does Betty react to Ellen's second confession?

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

4. After the men return from the stables, what does Mrs. Saunders ask Joshua?

5. What does Betty reveal to Clive about Edward, his son?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Ellen want Betty to run off with Harry?

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

4. Describe the relationship between Clive and Joshua.

5. Why would Edward shout at Joshua to obey Betty?

6. What is the significance of the Betty from Act 1 and the Betty from Act 2 embracing at the end of the play?

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

8. Why would Joshua be rude to Betty?

9. What role does Joshua play in this family?

10. Cathy's painting includes details about everyone in her life except for Martin's in which she painted his "vagueness." What does this tell the audience about Martin's importance in the family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does society impact the plot? Identify an event in Cloud 9 that demonstrates an impact or view from the social component. How did society influence this event?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Confusion is a major internal conflict many of the characters struggle with. Which character do you believe is the most confused? Why are they the most confused? What are they confused about? Are they able to resolve their confusion by the end of the story? If so, what decision do they come to?

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