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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 will be taken away from Artie in the final moments of the play?
2. What does Artie do in response to Bananas' reasoning for not seeing the Pope?
3. Where does Artie tell Bananas that he and Bunny are moving to?
4. How is the symbolic colorization in the Prologue physically represented on stage?
5. What is the symbolic colorization utilized in the Prologue supposed to be a result of for Artie?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do the nuns and Ronnie rush to Corrinna when she announces she has two tickets to see the Pope at Yankee Stadium?
2. What does the color blue mean for the characters in the play?
3. What makes Act II, Scene I, Part II farcical?
4. What does Bananas attempt to do in order to alienate Bunny from everyone?
5. What act does Ronnie's desire to use the bomb foreshadow?
6. What does Ronnie explain to the audience that he did when Billy came over to the apartment?
7. What does Bunny tell the audience was the best part of the war movie Corrinna was in?
8. What does Bananas' dream about wandering around the house and crying illustrate for the audience?
9. How does Bunny get Billy to ask her to come to Australia with him?
10. What does Artie comment to the audience at the beginning of Act II, Scene I, Part II regarding Bunny and Bananas?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The end of The House of Blue Leaves is characterized by new beginnings. The characters involved in the final scene experience new beginnings that are mostly positive. Artie is the only character that does not, although he is the one character who yearned for it the most. Discuss the final scene, what these new beginnings are, what they mean, and why Artie is the only one who is left alone in a well constructed thesis paper. Use 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
What happens when the line between reality and dreams is blurred? Using characters and scenes from The House of Blue Leaves, answer this question. Use specific information and quotes from the play to support your answer.
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