How I Learned to Drive Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. If you didn't know the ages of Li'l Bit and Peck in the first scene, who acts more like the adult and who acts more like the child?

Li'l Bit acts like the adult by telling her uncle that he's a good boy and granting a reward. She is also the driver. Peck begs for certain favors, and says that he's been a good boy.

2. Why are there only chairs used as props in "How I Learned to Drive"?

As this is a play, staging areas are limited. Additionally, some plays use minimal staging as a way to focus all attention on the actors.

3. Describe the positioning on Li'l Bit and Peck in the first scene.

The chairs face front with all the action demonstrated toward the audience, as if Li'l Bit and Peck are facing each another.

4. How does the character of Li'l Bit introduce the first scene?

Li'l Bit tells the audience about being in a parking lot overlooking Beltsville Agricultural Farms in suburban Maryland. It's a warm summer evening in 1969.

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