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

2. What does the girl pull out from under her bed?

3. What astrological sign do Danny, Deborah, and Bernie have in common?

4. While moving out, what needs to be separated between Joan and Deborah?

5. Who is watching the TV program at 3 AM?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sex advice does Bernie give Danny after meeting Deborah?

2. Why is Danny frightened to confess his love to Deborah?

3. What two things does Bernie suggest to Danny about attracting women?

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

5. What is Joan's reaction to Deborah's new relationship?

6. Who was King Farouk, according to Bernie?

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

8. Does Joan feel that she is getting wiser about relationships as she gets older? Why or why not?

9. What is Bernie's explanation for what constitutes a "pro"?

10. What two words did Deborah's mother mishear during Deborah's childhood?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Theatre is meant to be performed. Does the reader miss elements of the play by simply reading it and not seeing it performed? Are there aspects of the plays that would make more sense in performance? If so, what are they? What do you think is the value of live theatre? How is it different from television or going to the movies? Why, among so many modern multimedia options, do you think people still attend the theatre?

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