The Real Thing Test | 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. Henry calls her a bloody nuisance, and she then promises to _______.

2. Scene 4 opens with Henry writing. Annie enters wearing _________.

3. Annie promises Henry that she is not there. However she then ________.

4. Henry is writing this play for ________.

5. Charlotte offers a toast to the collapse of ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of scene are Billy and Annie rehearsing at the start of the eighth scene of the second act?

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

3. What does Debbie reveal during a long speech that she has learned about sex?

4. Why was it the committee's idea to produce the play of Brodie, even though Henry does not think it is very good?

5. What is Henry doing at the start of the second scene of the first act of the play?

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

7. What is revealed about Billy and Annie as they continue to talk during this particular scene?

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

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

10. What does Max accuse Annie of during the dispute with the handkerchief during this particular scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Relationships are never easy, but it seems that many of the characters within this play are making their relationships harder than they need to be.

Part 1: What do you think makes up a good, strong relationship?

Part 2: Why do you think the characters in this play are seemingly trying to make their relationships more difficult?

Part 3: Is there ever such a thing as a strong and easy relationship? 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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