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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. Annie walks into the scene with a bag of _________ in her hands.

2. Max goes to help Charlotte in the kitchen and she allows him to _________.

3. Charlotte compares the privacy violation by Max to ________.

4. Charlotte states that when he took her to St. Moritz was a turning point and his favorite album was ________.

5. Henry says that lots of _________are only good for fetching drinks.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Max building as a door opens offstage at the start of this play's first scene in Act 1?

2. Why does Annie insist that Henry do better when he is reading the script aloud?

3. What does Annie do when a young man approaches her and talks to her?

4. What is playing in the background as Annie and Max are talking with each other during this scene of the play?

5. What does Henry say when Annie tells him that he should have put her things back in their proper places?

6. What does Annie say when Max accuses her of the action that he accuses her of in #17?

7. What does Max tell Charlotte when she asks him if something is wrong during the first scene?

8. What shows that Annie and Billy have some emotional and sexual distance between them?

9. What is Henry doing during the beginning of the scene as Annie walks in?

10. What is the tangent that Charlotte goes off on when talking with Debbie and Henry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Max is one that seems to take on the woes of his relationships, even though the women seem to be the ones who are doing the damage.

Part 1: Why do you think Max is so sensitive within his relationships?

Part 2: Do you think Max would make a good partner within the context of a relationship? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think Max will be happy when he gets married at the end? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Brodie's writing is noted as being less effective than Henry's writing, but art is something that is quite subjective in terms of its worth to a reader or to an audience.

Part 1: How do the characters in the play define good or bad writing?

Part 2: Why do you think Brodie's writing is seen as less effective than Henry's writing?

Part 3: How can art ever be reasonably judged by others? Or can't it?

Essay Topic 3

Relationships are never easy, but it seems that many of the characters within this play are making their relationships harder than they need to be.

Part 1: What do you think makes up a good, strong relationship?

Part 2: Why do you think the characters in this play are seemingly trying to make their relationships more difficult?

Part 3: Is there ever such a thing as a strong and easy relationship? Why or why not?

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