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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 accuses Henry of being seduced by ________.

2. Annie accuses Henry of being an elitist about _______, giving rules for who can do it and who can't.

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

4. Henry tells Annie that he is not jealous because of the fact that he feels _________.

5. After discovering Charlotte's passport in the drawer, he knows that she hasn't been to _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Charlotte say would actually happen if Henry were to catch her having an affair, rather than what happens in the actual play?

2. What does Max reveal to Charlotte that he knows about her Amsterdam trip during the first scene?

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

4. What are some of the questions that Henry asks Annie during the following scene in this act?

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

6. What does Billy reveal about his feelings towards Annie as they are together in this scene?

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

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

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

10. What is Henry supposed to do during his time on the radio program, which is what he is preparing for at the start of the scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

While the play is often quite funny to the audience, the social commentary is also quite apparent to the audience.

Part 1: Why do you think this play is so often categorized as a comedy?

Part 2: In what ways might the play's content also be saying something about the life during that particular time period?

Part 3: Do you think a play has to have a social commentary to make? Why or why not?

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