The Real Thing Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The phone rings and Henry picks it up. He then asks if ________ would like to talk to Annie.

2. Billy asks Annie where she is going and she replies that she is going to _________.

3. Debbie has developed a habit of calling Henry _______ which he doesn't like.

4. When Scene 6 opens, Annie is seated at the window of a _________.

5. Brodie states that he is getting sprung by the ___________.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Brodie's writing is noted as being less effective than Henry's writing, but art is something that is quite subjective in terms of its worth to a reader or to an audience.

Part 1: How do the characters in the play define good or bad writing?

Part 2: Why do you think Brodie's writing is seen as less effective than Henry's writing?

Part 3: How can art ever be reasonably judged by others? Or can't it?

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