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. What do they feel is the major difference between the two birds?

2. How does George describe ducks' migration?

3. What has George read is wrong with the atmosphere?

4. What survival tools has Nature given the duck?

5. Do the men think duck hunting is expensive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With what example does George contradict Emil's statement that nothing can live alone?

3. What has George read about the Stratosphere?

4. What point does Emil make about the wild Buffalo?

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

6. What are some of the items the men claim are needed to hunt a duck?

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

8. According to George, what does a duck wish for on his deathbed?

9. Why does Emil claim there is no smoking allowed on ocean liners?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David Mamet has a very specific writing style. Examine both Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations. How are they stylistically similar? Are they stylistically different in any way? Study these aspects in each play:

1) Dialogue, including rhythm and cadence to the character's speech.

2) Setting, including time and place.

3) Stage directions.

4) Syntax.

5) Themes.

Be sure to use examples taken from the text and to cite them correctly.

Essay Topic 2

In Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Danny and Bernie's friendship changes throughout the play. What happens? How does it change and why? At the end of the play are they back where they once were, or are things irrevocably different? Who is the dominant person in the relationship and why? What do Danny and Bernie have in common? How and why are they different? What are their attitudes toward women? Be sure to examine Bernie's behavior after he realizes Danny is serious about Deborah. How does Bernie make is opinions about Deborah clear? Does he dislike Deborah specifically, or is he against serious relationships with women in general?

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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