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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. In the play, the train is heading toward the city of ______ and will be arriving at 1:30.

2. When Henry leaves to pick up Debbie, Annie tells Henry not to get kicked by a horse. Henry tells her not to get kicked by _______.

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

4. Annie states that people have gotten bored with ________. The play is an attempt to keep the campaign fresh.

5. Max goes to help Charlotte in the kitchen and she allows him to _________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Max tell Charlotte when she asks him if something is wrong during the first scene?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Annie tell Henry he should have done with her things in her room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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