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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Henry tells Annie that he won't be able to ______ until she tells him if she slept with someone else or not.
2. As the scene opens Debbie is _________ and Henry is questioning her about it.
3. Henry asks Annie if _______ is the one that she had breakfast with.
4. As Scene 12 opens, there is a recorded dialogue between Annie and Billy who speaks with a ________ accent.
5. Annie discovers that Billy has read the play that Brodie wrote. She asks him what he thinks and he replies ________.
Essay Topic 1
The title of the play, THE REAL THING, seems to be almost a joke to the characters and to the author of the play.
Part 1: How do you define the idea of the 'real thing' in relation to this play and to its events?
Part 2: Are there any characters in this play who seem to have the 'real thing'? Why or why not?
Part 3: Why do you think the title was chosen for this play? Do you agree that it's the best choice? 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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