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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 promises Henry that she is not there. However she then ________.

2. Billy states that Mary reminds him of ________.

3. Annie asks Henry which opera it is and he guesses all of the following except ________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Annie admit to not feeling guilty about during this particular scene?

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

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

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

5. What is the announcement that Max has to make on the phone during the final moments of the play?

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

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 Henry doing at the start of the second scene of the first act of the play?

9. What does Billy reveal about his feelings towards Annie as they are together in this scene?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The character of Brodie is an interesting one since no one in the audience sees him until the very end of the play.

Part 1: Why do you think the character of Brodie is necessary for the play?

Part 2: Do you think leaving out the character of Brodie would have been possible? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think the character of Brodie isn't introduced to the play until the very end?

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

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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