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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 states that ______, a member of the committee is willing to do the play.

2. Charlotte compares the privacy violation by Max to ________.

3. Henry makes a comment about Annie committing incest in ________.

4. Charlotte is carrying a _________ and a plastic airport duty free bag.

5. When Charlotte enters the scene she is wearing a ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the indications that time has passed as this particular scene opens up to the audience?

3. What is the family crisis that Henry reminds Charlotte they are discussing during this scene?

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

5. What is playing in the background as Annie and Max are talking with each other during this scene of the play?

6. What is Henry doing at the start of the second scene of the first act of the play?

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

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

9. What does Max realize after he apologizes to Charlotte who says she feels violated?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The character of Max is one that seems to take on the woes of his relationships, even though the women seem to be the ones who are doing the damage.

Part 1: Why do you think Max is so sensitive within his relationships?

Part 2: Do you think Max would make a good partner within the context of a relationship? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think Max will be happy when he gets married at the end? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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