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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. After Max says he is sorry, Charlotte begins to leave to go to _______.

2. Charlotte puts on a record which is the correct one Henry has been looking for. The name of the song is _________.

3. While Max and Charlotte are in the kitchen, Annie tries to get Henry to _________.

4. Henry reminds Charlotte of a time they were in _______ that had an open air dance hall.

5. Max asks the whereabouts of Debbie and Henry replies_______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who does Henry believe there are musical similarities between as he and Annie talk?

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

7. What does Annie respond when Henry asks her if the train was late?

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

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

10. Why does Annie insist that Henry do better when he is reading the script aloud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The image of the house of cards is one that comes up several times during this play. The tenuous position of the cards is much like the position of many of the characters.

Part 1: Why do you think the house of cards is so appropriate as a prop in the play? Or isn't it?

Part 2: Why do you think 'house of cards' works so well as a metaphor for love in this play? Or doesn't it?

Part 3: Do you think a house of cards can ever be stable? Why or why not?

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