Plenty 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. Who appears in the scene and tries to disentangle from a parachute?

2. Who does Susan ask Brock to call?

3. What is Susan working on?

4. What is Susan using for her advertising?

5. Who does Susan consider asking to father her child?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how this scene further establishes the frustrations Susan continues to feel about her life.

2. How does the author use the symbol of the barrage balloon to show Susan's boredom?

3. Why does Lazar not give Susan his real name before he leaves her?

4. Susan is with Lazar with whom she experienced the pinnacle of excitement in her life yet she is now eager to leave him too.

5. What is the scope of the conversation between Brock and Darwin regarding Susan's mental health?

6. What is the setting for Act 1, Scene 1 and who are the first two characters to appear?

7. How does the author use the embalming symbolism to relate it to Susan?

8. Why does Susan use her gun on Mick at the end of the scene?

9. What does Alice ask Susan as Susan packs?

10. How does the author use the radio announcer as a contrast to Susan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

PLENTY is set in the 1940s and 1940s during a time of World War II and its accompanying social, political and cultural recovery. What impact did these factors have on the author? What impact did these factors have on his work, especially the play, PLENTY? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Alice. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1940s and 1950s. Compare and contrast homosexuality during the 1940s and 1950s to homosexuality today. What major changes have occurred, both positive and negative?

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