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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. Charlotte comes out of the bedroom where she has been getting dressed. They all sit down to have ______.

2. Annie and Henry argue about the validity of Brodie's actions. To Annie, setting fire to a wreath on a war memorial is a ________.

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

4. Scene 4 opens with Henry writing. Annie enters wearing _________.

5. Henry comments on the fact that so many of the greats had names that started with ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about Billy and Annie as they continue to talk during this particular scene?

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

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

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

5. What is the topic of small talk discussing between Brodie and Henry during this scene?

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

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

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

9. When does Charlotte join in on the banter between Henry and Debbie during the course of this scene?

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

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

At times in this play, the idea of finding love seems clichéd, with people meeting on trains or when they work on plays together.

Part 1: How do you think the playwright feels about love after having read this play?

Part 2: Do you think love is portrayed as cliched in this play? Why or why not?

Part 3: Can love ever be a cliche? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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