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. Why won't Bunny agree to the condition that Artie proposes if she wants him to accompany her to see the Pope?

2. What is Ronnie dressed in when he enters Artie's apartment at the beginning of Act I?

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

4. What does the character on stage at the beginning of the play repeatedly try to get the audience to do?

5. Who does Artie address while he is talking about the Pope?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Ronnie's bomb a symbol for?

5. What does Bunny reveal that she wishes to happen when she first introduces herself to the audience?

6. What is the story the Three Nuns tell Artie when he lets them into his apartment?

7. Why does Bunny give Bananas guide books to Mexico?

8. What does Bananas' dream about wandering around the house and crying illustrate for the audience?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of Billy's reasoning that the audience is the most important part to a performance? What point is Guare making with this subtle injection? Is this true? Use specific information and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are several recurring symbols throughout The House of Blue Leaves. Pick one and discuss it at length: what it means, where it is seen and why, its meanings within the play's context, why this symbol works, and how it furthers the play's narrative and meaning. Use specific examples and quotes from the play to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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