Entertaining Mr. Sloane 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. How does Kemp attack Sloane in Act One?

2. Whom does Kath say arranges her child's adoption?

3. What habit does Ed have?

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

5. What does Sloane find between the sofa cushions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Ed's character. Where does he live? What is his profession?

5. What is Ed's response upon meeting Sloane? What does he ask him about?

6. How does Kath describe Tommy? What are her feelings toward him?

7. How is this play similar to Theatre of the Absurd?

8. What do Ed and Kath plan to tell the police regarding Kemp's death? How do they plan to pull it off?

9. What is Sloane's "threat" used to get what he wants? How do the characters respond to it?

10. Describe the scene in which Kath succeeds in seducing Sloane. What does the room look like? How is Kath dressed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Joe Orton's own life reflected in Entertaining Mr Sloane? What figures in the play relate to his personal life? How?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Kath concerned about her reputation? What is said in regards to this--by Kath, by Ed, by Kemp and by Sloane? What is the hypocrisy of the situation?

Essay Topic 3

Joe Orton's work is known for its dark comedy, macabre subjects, and farcical nature. Describe these terms and how they apply to Entertaining Mr. Sloane.

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