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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who calls Dan a Howdy-Dowdy, hale-fellow, nice guy in Act 1?
(a) Jean.
(b) Cynthia.
(c) Delia.
(d) August.

2. How many students are there to assist on the dig?
(a) Nine.
(b) Seven.
(c) Eight.
(d) Six.

3. Who tells Delia that the book is a success and "she was a failure?"
(a) Her publisher.
(b) Her husband.
(c) August.
(d) Her father.

4. How does Delia describe her father's office?
(a) Floral.
(b) Feminine.
(c) Masculine.
(d) Clinical.

5. What does August say his father did to Delia?
(a) Abandoned her.
(b) Abused her.
(c) Worshiped her.
(d) Laughed at her.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many summers did August say that they had previously spent excavating at the site in Act 1?

2. Who is the author of the Aztec poem that is recited in Act 1?

3. In Act 1, Dan says "A person isn't happy unless ________."

4. How is Kirsten related to Cynthia?

5. Who carries Delia into the house in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do we discover is having an affair in Act 1? Who else knows about the affair?

2. What is a God-king?

3. Early in Act 1, Kirsten hears a noise in the night. What does she hear and who comes to comfort her?

4. The Mound Builders is unique in its depiction of time. Explain the two different periods of time which are illustrated in the play and how this differentiation is made clear to the audience (and reader).

5. Explain the relationship of Dan and Jean. How are they related and how long have they known each other?

6. What is revealed to Dan in Act 2 Part 4 regarding the building of the highway? Who is responsible for this?

7. What does the discovery of the God-king mean to August? Why?

8. Describe the set of The Mound Builders. What furniture is used? How are the two locations in the play differentiated through the set design?

9. Where does the character Delia arrive from? Where have her travels taken her? What is her reaction to her new surroundings?

10. What fact about Jean's character does Dan ask that August not reveal to the others early in the play? Why?

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