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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 complains about her character because_______.

2. Henry compares the tools of writing to a ________.

3. It turns out that the reason Charlotte didn't take her passport is that________.

4. Max asks the whereabouts of Debbie and Henry replies_______.

5. Charlotte says that the difference between plays and real life is __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Charlotte not think the play she is starring in is all that interesting to the audiences so far?

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

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

6. What does Annie respond when Henry asks her if the train was late?

7. What is the result of the bantering between Annie and Henry during this particular scene? What does Annie promise to do?

8. What does Brodie have to say about the film's script as Annie walks into the scene with appetizers and dip?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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