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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 is frustrated because nobody ever writes about ________.

2. The name of the play that Henry is currently working on is called _______ Sisters.

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

4. When Charlotte pretended to go to Amsterdam, she returned with Rembrandt place mats for________.

5. Billy states that Mary reminds him of ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Max realize after he apologizes to Charlotte who says she feels violated?

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

3. 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?

4. What is happening at the end of the film, though, at the beginning of this scene?

5. What does Annie tell Billy as he continues to flirt with her on the train to Scotland?

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

7. What are the indications that time has passed as this particular scene opens up to the audience?

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

9. What is Max building as a door opens offstage at the start of this play's first scene in Act 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The continued affairs in this play seem to show that love is not something that can be monogamous or that can be relied upon between a man and a woman.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of an affair?

Part 2: Why do you think that affairs are so common within the context of this play?

Part 3: Do you think it's realistic for someone to stay with just one person throughout his/her life?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of a love triangle is introduced almost immediately within this play. The tension between lovers is a great dramatic effect for the audience, after all.

Part 1: Why do you think love triangles are so often used within plays and other stories?

Part 2: Do you think this play would have been as interesting without the love triangles? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you believe the idea of a love triangle is a realistic and prevalent part of love? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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