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. Henry says, "I don't get _______ because when I did I could feel how tedious it was, how unattractive."

2. From the traveling bag Annie pulls out a ________.

3. Billy approaches Annie and asks in a _____________ accent if he can sit down.

4. Henry says that he does not think that writers are sacred but ______ are; they deserve respect.

5. Music as well consists in the ear as in the _______.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At times in this play, the idea of finding love seems clichéd, with people meeting on trains or when they work on plays together.

Part 1: How do you think the playwright feels about love after having read this play?

Part 2: Do you think love is portrayed as cliched in this play? Why or why not?

Part 3: Can love ever be a cliche? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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?

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