The House of Blue Leaves 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 does Bananas ask Artie about her dream at the end of Act I, Part I?

2. Bananas explains a dream she has to Artie and what she does in that dream. What is the reason for this?

3. When Ronnie emerges from his room after everyone leaves, what is he carrying?

4. What is Bananas worried that the new house Artie has found for her to live in has?

5. Where does Artie tell Billy he met Bunny for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the color blue function as in the Prologue?

2. When Artie steps into the spotlight at the end of the play, what does he sing about?

3. What does Artie's casual cruelty toward Bananas signify?

4. What does Ronnie do with Artie's alarm clock?

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

6. What is the second box that Ronnie returns from the bedroom with?

7. Does Artie intend to kill Bananas at the end of the play?

8. How is the truth about what the color blue means revealed in Act I, Part II?

9. What is noted in the Prologue that will happen with Artie's dreams?

10. What does the color blue mean for the characters in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from being shown as a spotlight, the color blue is utilized at other moments in the play, revealing its true meaning is relation to the characters. How does the color blue unite Bananas and Artie? Use specific information and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The longing to be noticed is a thematic element common to characters in American dramatic literature. Compare this among the characters in The House of Blue Leaves to another novel or play you have read that has this same recurring theme. Use specific information and quotes from The House of Blue Leaves, while the other novel/play can be loosely paraphrased.

Essay Topic 3

The climax of The House of Blue Leaves was discussed in a classroom lecture. Develop a thesis about the climax and why it is this play's climax. Why is this moment the point of all rising action? Use specific information and quotes from the text to support your response.

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