Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the Duck Variations: Two Plays 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 Danny want Deborah to tell him?

2. What congressional amendment does Bernie declaim in his office?

3. Who does Deborah blame for the breakup?

4. Why does Bernie disagree with Danny about the woman's identity?

5. According to Bernie, a nice pair of legs is like what?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Danny helps Deborah move out of her apartment, how does Joan behave?

2. What is Joan's reaction when Deborah informs her she is moving in with Danny?

3. What, in Act 2, do Joan and Deborah agree on about men?

4. In the movie theater, who does Bernie think looks like Deborah?

5. How does Danny attempt to pick up Deborah in the library?

6. What sexual problem did Joan have with her previous boyfriend?

7. Why is Bernie so offended by Joan's dismissal at the singles bar?

8. While Bernie and Danny are shopping for Bernie's nephew, what secret does Bernie reveal about his childhood?

9. How is Act 26, when Danny is awake and Deborah is asleep, juxtaposed with the other scenes where they are in bed together?

10. What question regarding religion and sex does Bernie's television program pose?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Danny and Deborah start out seemingly strong, they are doomed for failure. Why? What aspects of a real relationship are incompatible for them? Are Danny and Deborah representative of a larger societal picture? Why or why not? Compare their sexual relationship to their emotional relationship---what are the differences between the two? How do each of them react to their breakup? Do you find theirs a stereotypical courtship, relationship, and parting of ways? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Deborah's story about the cookie and the hug. Try to answer her question in the context of the play: what is a sublimation of what? What signifies what? Do the characters think they need one thing but really need something else? Why or why not? Cite examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

What are the conflicts faced by Emil and George in The Duck Variations? How do they approach, discuss, and resolve these conflicts? Examine the play's theme of the city and man versus the natural world. How are the two in conflict? How do Emil and George attempt to reconcile this conflict, and in which camp are they? What other universal themes are present in the play, and how do the men approach them?

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