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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Henry is very attached to his art, writing, calling it sacred and deserving of respect. One's passion can often stir up these sorts of emotions in a person.

Part 1: Why do you think Henry believes his art demands so much respect?

Part 2: Do you agree that writing deserves to be respected or that it is sacred? Why or why not?

Part 3: In your life, what is most sacred to you? Why?

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

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?

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