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, according to George, is the Law of Life?

2. What place does Emil think may be more trouble than it is worth?

3. Why do George and Emil enjoy going to the park?

4. Being a loner in the world is not George's what?

5. When is Duck Season?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do George and Emil support spending money on wildlife?

2. What other societies does George claim have been modeled after ducks?

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

4. What cycle must the lead duck go through?

5. What is George's account of the hunter who came across the ducks in the clearing?

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

7. What has George read about the Stratosphere?

8. Why does George talk about symbiosis?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why do George and Emil so enjoy meeting in the park? Why is friendship so important to them? Why do they seek to be in harmony with nature? They are described as men in their sixties--is their philosophic waxing prompted by a fear of death? Why or why not? Use examples from their conversations to make your conclusion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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