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. When Bananas emerges from the bedroom, what does her conversation with Artie reveal about Bananas?

2. What does Artie ask Bananas to do that he thinks could heal her?

3. What does Artie tell Bananas that he and Bunny are going to do?

4. What is Bananas doing in the dream she explains to Artie that she frequently has?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Artie shout offstage for?

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

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

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

6. Describe what Artie is doing in the play's Prologue.

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

8. How does Corrinna die by the end of Act II, Scene I, Part II?

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

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

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

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

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.

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