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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 is Deborah's job?

2. What does Danny think the incident may have done to Bernie?

3. Who does Bernie think is working behind the game counter?

4. What confession does Danny make to Deborah?

5. What are Deborah and Joan talking about in their apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bernie trying to prove when he describes his sexual escapade on the phone in front of Danny?

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

3. After they sleep together for the first time, what do Danny and Deborah agree to do next?

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

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

6. What is the significance of Deborah and Danny's fight over the shampoo?

7. During Danny and Deborah's all-night argument, what is the essential problem?

8. What does Joan do when she discovers the children playing doctor?

9. How do Bernie and Danny feel about the women on the beach?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David Mamet as a playwright typically has a very strong perspective in his plays. How does perspective come into play in Sexual Perversity in Chicago? How does a character's perspective influence his or her behavior? How does it influence the behavior of others? Examine each character throughout the play and discuss how their specific perspective contributes to the action of the play:

1) Bernie.

2) Joan.

3) Deborah.

4) Danny.

Essay Topic 2

Write a character study of Joan Webber in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Is Joan a static or a dynamic character, i.e., does she stay the same throughout the play or does she change? Did your opinion of Joan change throughout the play? Why or why not? Describe aspects of Joan's personality. How does she behave toward the other characters in the play? What drives her behavior? Why do you think the playwright decided to make Joan a kindergarten teacher? What is Joan's existential crisis? Feel free to use properly cited quotations from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Write a character study of Bernie Litko in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Is Bernie a static character or a dynamic character, i.e., does he stay the same throughout the play or does he change? Did your opinion of Bernie change throughout the play? Why or why not? Describe aspects of Bernie's personality. What drives him through life? How may the childhood molestation have affected his behavior as an adult? How does he feel about women? Organize your thoughts into sections and devote at least one paragraph to each point.

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