Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the Duck Variations: Two Plays Test | Final 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. Where do you think George and Emil live?

2. How does George describe ducks' migration?

3. According to George, what would a duck lack on his deathbed?

4. What does Emil claim is happening to fish in Australia?

5. What do George and Emil think of the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emil predict with happen in the future with disposing of leaves?

2. How does George, in contradiction with some of his other statements, describe the simple life of a duck?

3. Why does Emil sometimes think the park is more trouble than it is worth?

4. What was George reading about the balance of nature?

5. What do the men discover is the trick to duck season?

6. What do George and Emil worry about for a duck in flight?

7. What aspect of barnyard ducks' lives do George and Emil agree they are better off not knowing?

8. Why did the Ancient Greeks watch birds?

9. What occurrences are part of George and Emil's belief that everything has a purpose?

10. According to Emil, what is happening to some fish near Australia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Duck Variations, how are George and Emil's personalities similar? How do they differ? How do George and Emil react to different topics in the play such as death, life, nature, and human society? Choose three variations in the play where George and Emil deal with an issue differently. Which would you say is the dominant personality? Why? Why do all their conversations center around ducks?

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

Emil and George are older men watching the world they knew change around them. How do they use the duck as a metaphor throughout the play? What aspects of the world do they imagine the duck to represent? Why do you think the playwright chose a duck for his play and not another type of bird? What answers do Emil and George think nature holds for them?

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