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 tells Annie that he is not jealous because of the fact that he feels _________.

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

3. Annie is planning to visit Brodie, ________ she met on the train, later that day.

4. Henry comments on the fact that so many of the greats had names that started with ______.

5. In Scene 2 Max tells Charlotte and Henry that he felt they should take out the part about ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Henry contribute to the movie that Brodie has written and that is being produced?

2. What does the shift in lighting during the scene between Billy and Annie indicate to the audience?

3. What does the conversation between Annie and Henry reveal about the film's shooting schedule?

4. What does Max reveal to Charlotte that he knows about her Amsterdam trip during the first scene?

5. What are Henry and Debbie discussing as this particular scene begins?

6. What do Annie and Henry banter about during this particular scene?

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

8. What does Annie happily comment on as she hurries out the door during the next scene?

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

10. What does Annie do when a young man approaches her and talks to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Brodie is an interesting one since no one in the audience sees him until the very end of the play.

Part 1: Why do you think the character of Brodie is necessary for the play?

Part 2: Do you think leaving out the character of Brodie would have been possible? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think the character of Brodie isn't introduced to the play until the very end?

Essay Topic 2

The women within this play seem to be manipulative with the men in their lives.

Part 1: In what ways do you think the women are manipulative in this play? Or aren't they?

Part 2: How does the playwright define the roles of men and women within this play?

Part 3: Do you think the women are trying to hurt the men in their lives within this play? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Family troubles seem to be center stage for Charlotte and Henry when talking about Debbie. These separated parents still seem to love their child and their relationship to their child.

Part 1: How do you think each character sees family within this play? Why?

Part 2: How do you think the playwright feels about family after reading this play?

Part 3: Why do you think Charlotte and Henry are still focused on their family?

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