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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 is frustrated with Henry because he can't tell the difference between ________.

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

3. When the play opens, Max is building a _________ as a door opens offstage.

4. Henry asks Charlotte if she would like some ________.

5. Henry calls her a bloody nuisance, and she then promises to _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the position of Annie at the start of this scene. Where is she and what is she doing?

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

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

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

8. What does Brodie assume Annie means when she says that the movie worked?

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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