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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. What does Delia claim was the model for Camus' The Plague?
(a) New Zealand.
(b) Oran.
(c) Paris.
(d) New York.

2. Where does Dan attend college?
(a) Yale.
(b) NYU.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Harvard.

3. Who is mentioned by Delia that wrote a book about the eye and vision?
(a) August.
(b) August's ex-wife.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her husband.

4. Who enters the darkness with a flashlight in the end of Act 1 Part 2?
(a) Dan.
(b) Cynthia.
(c) August.
(d) Delia.

5. What does Delia say in Act 1 that she is frantically beating the bushes for?
(a) Her sight.
(b) The truth.
(c) Herself.
(d) Something to believe in.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is Delia's last name?

3. What are the directions that August gives Dianne regarding his recording?

4. What do Jean and Dan argue over in Act 1?

5. Who does Jean say the people on the dig want to fit into a particular pattern, although they know nothing about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the primary motif used in the play? How does this motif symbolize the main character, and how does it relate to the theme?

3. Describe the term which refers to the use of projections in the play. What effect does this theatrical device serve?

4. How does August feel about "aesthetics?" Why?

5. Who is suspiciously holding the flashlight in the blackout at the end of Act 1? Why?

6. What does Delia compare her book to? Why?

7. Which character was created by Lanford Wilson for the actor Tanya Berezin? Why?

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

9. Which character has a history of miscarriages in his/her family? How has that affected this character?

10. 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).

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