The House of Blue Leaves Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is the character doing at the opening of the play?

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

4. When does the play begin?

5. When Bunny rushes into the room after Artie and Bananas pray, what is she excited about?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bunny get Billy to ask her to come to Australia with him?

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

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

4. What does "breaking the fourth wall" and speaking to the audience achieve?

5. How does Bunny convince Artie to call his friend Billy in California?

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

7. What does Artie shout offstage for?

8. Why do the nuns and Ronnie rush to Corrinna when she announces she has two tickets to see the Pope at Yankee Stadium?

9. What does the Prologue do?

10. Why does Artie grumble about the Pope's passing through Queens?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a compare and contrast paper between Artie and Bananas. Although Bananas is outwardly mentally unstable, the audience notices the subtleties of Artie's madness as the play progresses. One character's instability is external, while the other character's instability is internal. Use specific examples and quotes from the text to show this.

Essay Topic 2

The blue spotlight is shown at two times during the play: the Prologue and the final scene. They both shine on Artie when he is alone and singing; however the two scenes are significantly different in their tone and and meaning. Write a thesis driven paper that gets at the heart of the difference between these two scenes and what the blue spotlight means in each of them. Essentially, what is the difference between the Artie in the Prologue and the Artie at the play's end? Use specific information 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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