Right You Are, If You Think You Are Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Laudisi suggest as a reason the mother-in-law and her daughter live apart?

2. How old is Dina?

3. What happens when the mother-in-law pulls the rope?

4. Who says, "What a pompous attitude! Aren't people allowed to stay home and enjoy a little privacy?"

5. What does Signora Sirelli refer to Amalia as in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Signora Sirelli say that she always is? How does Laudisi respond to her argument?

2. What are some of the sacrifices Ponza speaks of having endured because of the situation in Act 1, Scene 5?

3. What does Laudisi say the townspeople are doing to themselves in Act 1, Scene 2? What is his ongoing point throughout the play, as he says it in this scene?

4. How does communication transpire from the Ponzas' apartment? What does this lead Amalia to believe?

5. What does Laudisi suggest to Dina about the door in Act 2, Scene 6? Why?

6. What is the outcome of the play? What does Signora Ponza tell the crowd?

7. What does Laudisi say must be justified in the complaint the women have in Act 1, Scene 1? What is their response?

8. What does the Prefect say to Ponza in Act 3, Scene 5?

9. What does Laudisi do alone in the room after the others have left in Act 2?

10. How does Signora Sirelli feel about the drama in Act 2, Scene 2? What does she remark on Laudisi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Right You Are, If You Think You Are to a play of the Commedia dell'arte style. What similarities exist between the two? What differences? What character might be what stock character from Commedia? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Pirandello's use of Repetition in Right You Are, If You Think You Are. What effect does this repetition serve? How does it work to propel the play forward?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theory of Relativism. Where did this theory originate? How does it play into Right You Are, If You Think You Are thematically?

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