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 accuse Artie of having no sense of at the beginning of Act I?

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

4. What is Artie's last name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What dream does Artie tell Bananas about in Act I, Scene I?

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

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

4. What is the condition Artie gives Bunny if she wants him to accompany her to see the Pope?

5. What does Artie's casual cruelty toward Bananas signify?

6. What does "breaking the fourth wall" and speaking to the audience achieve?

7. Bananas asks Billy to stay with her in the apartment, but what does Billy suggest instead?

8. What is Ronnie dressed in when we first see him in Act I, Part I?

9. Why do the nuns and Ronnie rush to Corrinna when she announces she has two tickets to see the Pope at Yankee Stadium?

10. What does Ronnie explain to the audience that he did when Billy came over to the apartment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from being shown as a spotlight, the color blue is utilized at other moments in the play, revealing its true meaning is relation to the characters. How does the color blue unite Bananas and Artie? Use specific information and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Write a position paper on whether or not you believe Artie Shaughnessy is a sympathetic character. Be definitive in your response and support your thesis with examples and quotes from the play.

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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