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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. What is Kemp's boss' profession?

2. What is located next to the house?

3. How old is Kath?

4. Which character says, "I had a boy... killed in very sad circumstances"?

5. What is knocked to the floor at the end of Act One?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the play set? What is the house like? Where is it?

2. What is the theme of Entertaining Mr. Sloane? What does the term "theme" mean?

3. Why does Kath change her mind about covering up the murder?

4. What is a "double entendre?" Give an example from the play.

5. What does Sloane tell Kath when she asks him about striking Kemp? What is her reply?

6. What is Ed's response to Kath keeping a lodger in the house? Why?

7. Explain the story behind Kath's son.

8. What are the macabre elements of Entertaining Mr. Sloane?

9. What act of violence does Sloane inflict upon Kath in Act Three? How does she respond?

10. How does Sloane remember his parents? Why does he feel as he does?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe how each character in Entertaining Mr. Sloane embodies that of a self-serving, self-centered character. Does anyone do anything which serves as beyond their personal satisfaction? If so, who? Cite examples of the actions and objective of the characters as examples.

Essay Topic 2

How does violence change the nature of the play? Are these characters to be seen as funny, or dangerous, or both? How do previous productions portrayed these characters? Which methods are the most effective? Which does Orton approve of?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Sloane as an antihero. How does he manipulate others to achieve his desires? Does he extol any virtues? What happens if Sloane never arrives?

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