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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Bunny carrying when Artie lets her into his apartment at the beginning of Act I?
(a) Paintings.
(b) Purses.
(c) Jackets.
(d) Cameras.

2. What could the Pope be a symbol of for Artie and the rest of the characters as the play progresses?
(a) Faith.
(b) Love.
(c) Comfort.
(d) Hope.

3. When Artie rescued Bananas from the rooftop in the middle of winter, what does he say happened to their relationship?
(a) He took care of her.
(b) He started to love her again.
(c) He got her help.
(d) He gave up on her.

4. What is Artie eager for that he expresses to the audience in the beginning of The House of Blue Leaves?
(a) Anonymity.
(b) Success.
(c) Applause.
(d) Money.

5. What is the second song Artie improvises in Act I, Part II about?
(a) Being rich.
(b) Being famous.
(c) California.
(d) The Pope blessing him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the purpose of the Prologue in The House of Blue Leaves?

2. What does Artie say happened to him after he rescued Bananas from a rooftop in the middle of winter?

3. In the dream Artie explains to Bananas, what do both he and the Pope do to her?

4. By the end of Act I, Part II, how does Artie act in terms of Bananas?

5. What thematic aspect of the play will Artie's characteristics effect as the piece progresses?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the condition Artie gives Bunny if she wants him to accompany her to see the Pope?

2. Describe what Artie is doing in the play's Prologue.

3. What does the audience learn about the Prologue in Act I, Scene I?

4. How does Act I, Part II end?

5. What does Ronnie believe about all of the people he has encountered in his life?

6. What is Ronnie dressed in when we first see him in Act I, Part I?

7. Is Billy impressed by Ronnie's routine?

8. Why are all of the characters acting so desperately by the end of Act II, Scene I, Part II?

9. Where is Ronnie at the opening of Act II, Scene I, Part I?

10. What does Bananas' story about being on the snowy rooftop foreshadow?

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