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. What is the setting at the opening of the play?

2. What does Kath bring to stop the settee from being stained?

3. What does Kemp do during his first conversation with Sloane?

4. What is Kemp's boss' profession?

5. What does Ed ask Sloane about first?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Kemp? What is his relationship to Kath and Ed? How old is he?

2. What excuses does Sloane provide to Ed for his interactions with Kath?

3. What does Ed tell Sloane he has to do regarding Kemp's death? What is Sloane's response?

4. What happens 20 years ago between Ed and Kemp? What is their relationship now because of it?

5. Why does Ed want Sloane to move in with him? What are the "surface reasons" as well as the implications through subtext?

6. How does Sloane feel about marrying Kath? Why?

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

8. What does Kemp attempt to tell Ed about Sloane? What does he show him as proof?

9. What does Ed offer Sloane in Act One? How does he describe the offer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss disillusionment in Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Which characters are deluded in their vision of reality? With the past? With the future? Use examples from the text in answering this question.

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

How does Sloane "fit in" with his new home and the surrounding characters? How do you react if you enter the world of this play? Do you empathize with any of the characters? Why? Why not?

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