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 is the symbolic colorization utilized in the Prologue supposed to be a result of for Artie?

2. What will be taken away from Artie in the final moments of the play?

3. What is foreshadowed in the Prologue that will happen to Artie towards the end of the play?

4. What does Bunny accuse Artie of having no sense of at the beginning of Act I?

5. When is the title of the play mentioned during Act I, Part II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is noted in the Prologue that will happen with Artie's dreams?

2. Why does Billy mistake Bananas for his late wife, Georgina, when he sees her?

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

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

5. What does Bunny tell the audience was the best part of the war movie Corrinna was in?

6. Why is the Pope addressing the United Nations?

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

8. Is Billy impressed by Ronnie's routine?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In Act II, Scene I, Part II, the characters display the increasing levels of their desperation. But desperation for what? Write an analysis of the scene, discussing at length what each character is desperate for and why. What are these characters doing to show their desperation? And, lastly, what does this heightening desperation do for the scene? Use specific information and quotes from the play to support your response.

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