The Mound Builders Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Dan ask August not to reveal to the others in early Act 1?

2. Who is left alone in the dark at the end of Act 1 Part 6?

3. Who discovers the evidence of the village site?

4. Who appears with Jean in front of the slide of the lake in Act 1?

5. What do the lights begin to reveal at the end of Act 1 Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. 'If you save a man from drowning, you're responsible for him the rest of his life.' Who quotes this proverb in the play? In regards to whom?

2. In the end of Act 2, Part 3, August repeats the word "nothing." What does this imply?

3. What is the outcome of "Legacy" to August at the end of the play? How does this make him a Tragic Hero?

4. Describe Lanford Wilson's use of narrative in The Mound Builders. In what ways does he choose to reveal the exposition of the play?

5. In the opening of the play, August speaks into a tape recorder. To whom is he speaking and why?

6. What takes place in the falling action of The Mound Builders?

7. How does the word "excavation" relate literally and figuratively in the play? What is being excavated in both senses of the word?

8. What is the overall theme of The Mound Builders? How is this theme portrayed?

9. Which character's father was a physiologist? Describe the father's office from the perspective of that character.

10. Which character says, "Great blinders is believing in and she's a great believer in blinders?" What does this mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the term "motif." What is the motif in The Mound Builders? How does this motif relate to the characters in the play?

Essay Topic 2

What are the legacies of the supporting characters in The Mound Builders? What is Delia's legacy? What is Chad's? What is Jean's?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Chinese proverb "When someone saves a man from drowning, he is responsible for him the rest of his life." What does this refer to in the play? What does it foreshadow?

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