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 Bunny promise to do for Artie when they reach California?

2. What does the character on stage at the beginning of the play shout offstage for?

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

4. What is insinuated that Artie will attempt to do as the play unfolds?

5. What does Bananas throw at Artie and Bunny after Artie gets off the phone with Billy?

Short Essay Questions

1. In his story, Ronnie explains that Billy came to Queens; what was Billy doing?

2. Why does Corrinna ask the nuns to pray for her?

3. Is Billy impressed by Ronnie's routine?

4. What act does Ronnie's desire to use the bomb foreshadow?

5. How does Act I, Part II end?

6. Why does Artie angrily close the piano lid on top of Bananas' fingers?

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

8. What does Bananas attempt to do in order to alienate Bunny from everyone?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why is the Pope such a significant, but unseen character in The House of Blue Leaves? What does he symbolize and why are these characters chasing after him? What do they ultimately want? Construct a thesis driven paper using specific information and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Bananas and Artie clearly have a dysfunctional relationship. Artie goes through a range of emotions pertaining to Bananas throughout the play before eventually strangling her at the end. Analyze the couple's relationship through a chronological standpoint, assessing the significance of their relationship in the play. Use specific information and quotes from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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