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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 creative energy of Henry allows him to create beautiful dialogue or his characters, but he sometimes has troubles when speaking for himself.

Part 1: Why do you think it's easier for Henry to be creative in his plays than in real life?

Part 2: Do you think Henry's work is his way of dealing with his everyday problems? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you believe it's possible for Henry to be able to bring his creative dialogue into real life as well? Why or why not?

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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