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. Who looks out of the bedroom at Artie and Bunny while they are talking?

2. When Artie tells Bunny that the audience talked through his entire set at the club the previous evening, what is he referring to?

3. How many functions does the Prologue in The House of Blue Leaves foreshadow throughout the play?

4. What does Artie do so that Bananas can see the Pope?

5. How does the symbolic color introduced in the Prologue represent the characters in the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When does Artie claim he gave up on Bananas and her sanity?

3. Is Artie eager for success? If so, how can you tell?

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

5. What sign of gentleness toward Bananas does Artie have in Act I, Part II?

6. What does the audience learn about in Act II, Scene I, Part I that links all of the characters together in the play?

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

8. How does Corrinna die 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. When Artie steps into the spotlight at the end of the play, what does he sing about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ronnie's character in The House of Blue Leaves is neither prominent nor fully understood. Aside from Act II, Scene I, Part I, his voice is not heard; therefore his thoughts are not known. However, much can be deduced from the few times we see Ronnie. In a thesis driven paper, discuss Ronnie's character and his significance to the play. Use specific examples and quotes from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

In class discussions, the literary style of farce was discussed. Farce is evident throughout the play, heightening in certain scenes. Based on what you have learned about farce, construct a thesis discussion farce within The House of Blue Leaves, what it is, why it is used in this play, and how it functions within the play. Use examples and quotes from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

In Act I, Part I, the audience learns that the Vietnam War is the context for the play. The Pope is going to New York to speak to the UN about the war. Artie has a son that is in Vietnam. Using information from the class discussion on the play's context, discuss in a thesis driven paper the significance of the war going on during the play. How does the war, taking place away from the play's action, still affect the play and its characters? Use specific information and quotes from the text to support your response.

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