R.U.R. 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 instrument does Helena play?

2. What book does Busman say talks about the pastoral life?

3. What does Alquist say is man's last achievement?

4. What is the name of the island?

5. What does Fabry buy Helena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What have the robots ordered Alquist to do?

2. What is Busman's idea to persuade the robots to allow them to leave safely?

3. What does Domin promise to show Helena?

4. Why do Domin and the other managers not want to leave the island?

5. Why does Domin want to marry Helena?

6. How does the play begin?

7. What does Hallemeier think about Helena's piano playing?

8. Why are Domn and the managers encouraged by the sight of the mail boat?

9. Why does Alquist not want to dissect a robot?

10. What does Helena say about her strange feelings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

R.U.R is famous for having introduced the word robot into popular culture. How has the term and the idea that robots could exist evolved? Why have humans been so fascinated by robots? What part do robots play in today's society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the values of the 1920s.

1) In what ways are the characters a product of their time?

2) How does the play express the changes Europe was going through at the time?

Essay Topic 3

A film version of R.U.R is scheduled to be releases in 2011. Why are the themes and ideas used in the play still relevant over 80 years later? How will the filmmakers have to adapt the themes of the play to fit in with the new environment?

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