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 idea does Artie's roughness with Bananas reinforce?

2. When Bananas emerges from the bedroom after praying, what does she say she is ready to do?

3. What color is symbolically introduced in the Prologue of The House of Blue Leaves?

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

5. When Artie rescued Bananas from the rooftop in the middle of winter, what does he say happened to their relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bananas' story about being on the snowy rooftop foreshadow?

2. Is Billy impressed by Ronnie's routine?

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

4. What is Bunny doing when we first see her in Act I, Part I?

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

6. How does Act I, Part II end?

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

8. What does Artie comment to the audience at the beginning of Act II, Scene I, Part II regarding Bunny and Bananas?

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

10. Why are all of the characters acting so desperately by the end of Act II, Scene I, Part II?

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

Bananas and Artie clearly have a dysfunctional relationship. Artie goes through a range of emotions pertaining to Bananas throughout the play before eventually strangling her at the end. Analyze the couple's relationship through a chronological standpoint, assessing the significance of their relationship in the play. Use specific information 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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