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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Billy approaches Annie and asks in a _____________ accent if he can sit down.
2. Henry says to Debbie, "Happiness is equilibrium; shift your ________."
3. Annie and Billy are discussing the roles they will be playing and their age difference when Annie asks Billy to stop _____.
4. Annie wants Henry to come but he refuses saying he is only _________ anyway.
5. Henry warns Debbie not to get too good at ________.
Essay Topic 1
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 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
The multiple meanings of many of the phrases and words in this play make the actual meaning more difficult to ascertain. At the same time, this allows the reader to take from the play what they will.
Part 1: Why do you think the playwrights used phrases and words with multiple meanings?
Part 2: Do you think it's possible to ever know exactly what the playwright meant? Why or why not?
Part 3: How do you think the play is affected by the multiple layered phrases and words?
This section contains 1,815 words
(approx. 7 pages at 300 words per page)