Once in a Lifetime 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 do May and George think of Jerry's news?

2. Why is this person, that May encounters, important?

3. Why is this decision to leave made, according to Jerry?

4. Who is this very important person that Helen and the others compliment?

5. How do they travel from one city to the next?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jerry.

2. What is so good about this person the trio meets on the train?

3. Why does Mary feel hesitant and fearful? Should she feel this way? Why or why not?

4. How does Glogauer react upon the completion of filming?

5. What makes Vail decide to leave?

6. What is symbolism that is found in this scene?

7. Describe how the first scene opens.

8. Where has this person that May recognizes been?

9. For what is May anxious in this first scene?

10. Describe George.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play takes place at the onset of talking pictures.

Part 1) How could audiences in the 1930s relate to this setting?

Part 2) Can audiences today find relevance in this setting? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this change in movie making show the ingenuity and creativity of the characters in the play, as well as people from the time the play was written?

Essay Topic 2

Helen Hobart is a gossip columnist.

Part 1) How is she treated by those in the film industry, as well the general public? Why?

Part 2) Whys is she an important figure in Los Angeles culture?

Part 3) Does this career flourish today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Jerry, May, and George are centered with their priorities intact.

Part 1) Why might this be surprising?

Part 2) What message are the playwrights sending to the audience through the behaviors of these three characters?

Part 3) How does this reinforce one of the themes of this play?

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