The Real Thing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. _________ was going to be stewarding at the protest meeting in the afternoon.

2. Charlotte enters the room wearing ________ and looking generally disheveled.

3. In response to Charlotte's protests about the number of people coming over, Henry suggests they give them________.

4. At the beginning of Scene 5 Henry is playing music by ________.

5. Max asks Charlotte about the _______ in Geneva.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the common thoughts about the play that Charlotte and Max are both in?

3. What do Annie and Henry banter about during this particular scene?

4. What shows that Annie and Billy have some emotional and sexual distance between them?

5. What does Max tell Charlotte when she asks him if something is wrong during the first scene?

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

7. What does Max accuse Annie of during the dispute with the handkerchief during this particular scene?

8. Why does Henry fetch a cricket bat in order to explain the process of writing to Annie?

9. What does Annie do when she sees Henry during the beginning part of this scene?

10. What does the shift in lighting during the scene between Billy and Annie indicate to the audience?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The structure used by Stoppard to show a play within a play is one that confuses the reader at times, though it might be easier for an audience member to appreciate.

Part 1: What did you think about the structure of a play within a play? Did you think it helped the play or hurt it?

Part 2: Why do you think Stoppard decided to use the play within a play structure?

Part 3: If the play had simply been straightforward without any play within a play structures, how might the story have been different?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The women within this play seem to be manipulative with the men in their lives.

Part 1: In what ways do you think the women are manipulative in this play? Or aren't they?

Part 2: How does the playwright define the roles of men and women within this play?

Part 3: Do you think the women are trying to hurt the men in their lives within this play? Why or why not?

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