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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. Max asks Charlotte about the _______ in Geneva.

2. The character that Henry is reading in the play is called _______.

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

4. Henry remembers doing a piece in which he said that ________ was superficial.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is happening at the end of the film, though, at the beginning of this scene?

3. What does Annie tell Billy as he continues to flirt with her on the train to Scotland?

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

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

6. What does the conversation between Annie and Henry reveal about the film's shooting schedule?

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

8. What does Max confront Annie with during this scene, saying that it's Henry's and should be given back?

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

10. Who does Henry believe there are musical similarities between as he and Annie talk?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The creative energy of Henry allows him to create beautiful dialogue or his characters, but he sometimes has troubles when speaking for himself.

Part 1: Why do you think it's easier for Henry to be creative in his plays than in real life?

Part 2: Do you think Henry's work is his way of dealing with his everyday problems? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you believe it's possible for Henry to be able to bring his creative dialogue into real life as well? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the play, THE REAL THING, seems to be almost a joke to the characters and to the author of the play.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of the 'real thing' in relation to this play and to its events?

Part 2: Are there any characters in this play who seem to have the 'real thing'? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think the title was chosen for this play? Do you agree that it's the best choice? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Family troubles seem to be center stage for Charlotte and Henry when talking about Debbie. These separated parents still seem to love their child and their relationship to their child.

Part 1: How do you think each character sees family within this play? Why?

Part 2: How do you think the playwright feels about family after reading this play?

Part 3: Why do you think Charlotte and Henry are still focused on their family?

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