The House of Blue Leaves Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Corrinna say to the nuns about Billy that devastates Artie?

2. Who does Billy call at Bananas' request in order to help Ronnie?

3. Who does Corrinna say sent her when she shows up at Artie's apartment?

4. What does Artie find in Bananas' hand when he comes out of the bathroom in Act II, Scene II?

5. What does Ronnie do with the second item he brings from his bedroom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The climax of The House of Blue Leaves was discussed in a classroom lecture. Develop a thesis about the climax and why it is this play's climax. Why is this moment the point of all rising action? Use specific information and quotes from the text to support your response.

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