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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. Li'l Bit refers her first lesson as the "initiation into a boy's first love." What is this first love?
2. When Li'l Bit is born, who is able to hold her in an outstretched hand?
3. Peck says that Li'l Bit knows the car inside and out in what length of time?
4. What does the night of the first scene make a middle-aged man with a mortgage feel like?
5. Why does Peck refer to the car as a she?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the character of Li'l Bit introduce the first scene?
2. Why does Li'l Bit not want to be called by that name any longer in the family dinner scene?
3. What gives the 35 year old Li'l Bit comfort and a feeling of freedom?
4. Sum up "A Mother's Guide to Social Drinking".
5. Why does Li'l Bit say that Peck can be a brain surgeon?
6. How does Li' Bit describe the male's love of cars?
7. What does Vogel transition from the scene with the three females in the kitchen talking about sex, to Li'l Bit's first driving lesson.
8. When Li'l Bit goes on the bus ride as an older woman, does she intend to seduce the young man who sits next to her on the bus?
9. Why does Grandma want to scare Li'l Bit with talks of sex.
10. What does Li'l Bit have to say about pedophilia?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Cars and driving are an important theme in this play. Describe what cars and driving represent in "How I Learned to Drive", and give examples.
Essay Topic 2
When Peck is teaching Li'l Bit how to drive, he is all seriousness. Why is that?
Essay Topic 3
"How I Learned to Drive" uses minimal props. For example, a charge is just two chairs. Action is often pantomimed, such as the act of driving or eating. Give other examples of the minimal set and explain why the author does this.
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