The Secret Rapture 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 sound is heard in the background throughout Act 1, Scene 4?

2. Who says, "There's nothing people like more than claiming great friendship with people who aren't in a position to deny it"?

3. Who does Isobel say her father never spoke to in his life?

4. What words does Irwin say are like a hand enclosing his heart?

5. What does Marion come to take in Act 1, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sound is heard when Irwin enters in Act 1, Scene 4? What does he comment about it?

2. Why doesn't Marion like Katherine?

3. What does Irwin say to Isobel after the others leave in Act 1, Scene 4? What is her response?

4. What does Katherine say they taught her to do in AA when she was angry? How does she feel about it?

5. What does Marion accuse Isobel of doing with the expansion in Act 2? How does Isobel respond?

6. What does Isobel say regarding the minister in Act 1 Scene 2?

7. What is Isobel's response when Irwin tells her he loves her in Act 2, Scene 1?

8. Why is Isobel not around the office much in Act 2, Scene 2?

9. What does Rhonda say she'll do next time the politician calls her? What does she say about Marion's reaction to the story?

10. What does Marion say about Tom's trustworthiness in business in Act 1, Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the differences between the critical response of The Secret Rapture in London versus New York. What argument came about because of how the play was received in America? What do you think about this argument?

Essay Topic 2

Who is the Protagonist of The Secret Rapture? What is this character's "Tragic Flaw?" Who or what is the Antagonist? Discuss how this play does or does not follow that of a traditional tragedy.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Hare's use of irony in The Secret Rapture. What are the three forms of irony? Give an example of each within the play.

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