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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. As Scene 2 opens, ________ is listening to the record player and looking for a particular piece of music.

2. Charlotte believes that if Henry really caught her cheating he would _______.

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

4. While asking Charlotte various questions about her lovers Max gives her permission to ________.

5. In reference to the musical selections Henry is trying to come up with, Charlotte suggests he is ashamed of liking _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Henry supposed to do during his time on the radio program, which is what he is preparing for at the start of the scene?

2. What is happening in the hotel room as the lights come up on the stage?

3. What do Annie and Billy think about the writing talent of Brodie, according to their conversation?

4. How did Henry contribute to the movie that Brodie has written and that is being produced?

5. From where has Charlotte apparently returned when she enters the scene and is talking to Max?

6. What does Brodie have to say about the film's script as Annie walks into the scene with appetizers and dip?

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

8. When does Charlotte join in on the banter between Henry and Debbie during the course of this scene?

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

10. Describe the character of Henry and what his line of work is at the current moment.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While the play is often quite funny to the audience, the social commentary is also quite apparent to the audience.

Part 1: Why do you think this play is so often categorized as a comedy?

Part 2: In what ways might the play's content also be saying something about the life during that particular time period?

Part 3: Do you think a play has to have a social commentary to make? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The image of the house of cards is one that comes up several times during this play. The tenuous position of the cards is much like the position of many of the characters.

Part 1: Why do you think the house of cards is so appropriate as a prop in the play? Or isn't it?

Part 2: Why do you think 'house of cards' works so well as a metaphor for love in this play? Or doesn't it?

Part 3: Do you think a house of cards can ever be stable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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