The Real Thing 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. THE REAL THING refers to the ________ that the story is attempting to access.

2. Max's project collapses when _______ slams the door and enters the room.

3. After Max says he is sorry, Charlotte begins to leave to go to _______.

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

5. Charlotte puts on a record which is the correct one Henry has been looking for. The name of the song is _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about Billy and Annie as they continue to talk during this particular scene?

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

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

4. Describe the positions of Max and Annie when this particular scene begins, according to the stage directions.

5. What does Max shout to the person who has opened the door at the start of the play?

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

7. What does the current stage direction say that the room in the scene looks like in comparison to the room in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

10. Why was it the committee's idea to produce the play of Brodie, even though Henry does not think it is very good?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The structure used by Stoppard to show a play within a play is one that confuses the reader at times, though it might be easier for an audience member to appreciate.

Part 1: What did you think about the structure of a play within a play? Did you think it helped the play or hurt it?

Part 2: Why do you think Stoppard decided to use the play within a play structure?

Part 3: If the play had simply been straightforward without any play within a play structures, how might the story have been different?

Essay Topic 2

The multiple meanings of many of the phrases and words in this play make the actual meaning more difficult to ascertain. At the same time, this allows the reader to take from the play what they will.

Part 1: Why do you think the playwrights used phrases and words with multiple meanings?

Part 2: Do you think it's possible to ever know exactly what the playwright meant? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the play is affected by the multiple layered phrases and words?

Essay Topic 3

The concept of a love triangle is introduced almost immediately within this play. The tension between lovers is a great dramatic effect for the audience, after all.

Part 1: Why do you think love triangles are so often used within plays and other stories?

Part 2: Do you think this play would have been as interesting without the love triangles? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you believe the idea of a love triangle is a realistic and prevalent part of love? Why or why not?

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