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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Billy messes up the line and they have to re-do the scene. Annie moves away from him leaving him feel ________.
2. Billy says to Annie, "you would think with all of these ________ the train would be on time."
3. The scene then moves to Brodie wearing a suit and holding a glass of ________.
4. Annie reveals to Henry that she wants him to help with writing _______ play.
5. Henry says that he can't possibly help write the play because it is _________.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
The concept of a love triangle is introduced almost immediately within this play. The tension between lovers is a great dramatic effect for the audience, after all.
Part 1: Why do you think love triangles are so often used within plays and other stories?
Part 2: Do you think this play would have been as interesting without the love triangles? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you believe the idea of a love triangle is a realistic and prevalent part of love? Why or why not?
This section contains 350 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)