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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. While Max and Charlotte are in the kitchen, Annie tries to get Henry to _________.

2. Annie says that Henry is not normal because she does not think he gets _________.

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

4. Charlotte tells Max that she has been to _________ in Switzerland.

5. _________ was going to be stewarding at the protest meeting in the afternoon.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Annie respond when Henry asks her if the train was late?

3. What does Max reveal to Charlotte that he knows about her Amsterdam trip during the first scene?

4. What does Annie think happened to her room, as she finds it in a less than tidy state?

5. What is the topic of small talk discussing between Brodie and Henry during this scene?

6. What does Annie tell Henry he should have done with her things in her room?

7. What are Henry and Debbie discussing as this particular scene begins?

8. Why does Annie correct Billy when he is stating a line during the start of this scene?

9. In relation to the play, what do Henry and Annie banter about during this scene?

10. What does Debbie reveal during a long speech that she has learned about sex?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many writers choose to write about what they know as they are much more able to capture their feelings within the context of a play than they might be able to capture their feelings in real life.

Part 1: Why do you think writing is a way in which people deal with their feelings?

Part 2: If the play is based on the life of the playwright, what do you learn about Stoppard from the play and its characters?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible that Stoppard may not have written about his life? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

One of the most compelling parts of this play is that there is a fuzzy line between what is real and what is art. The differences between real life and art are subtle, but they alter the way the characters and the play are perceived.

Part 1: Can there ever be a true definition of reality? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you define the idea of art? Is there just one definition that makes sense? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think what is real and what is art is such a serious question in this play?

Essay Topic 3

Henry is very attached to his art, writing, calling it sacred and deserving of respect. One's passion can often stir up these sorts of emotions in a person.

Part 1: Why do you think Henry believes his art demands so much respect?

Part 2: Do you agree that writing deserves to be respected or that it is sacred? Why or why not?

Part 3: In your life, what is most sacred to you? Why?

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