Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the main plot line of the play, The Shadow Box?
The main plot line of this play is to show what happens in the life of three terminally ill people and their families during one day at a special treatment hospital.
2. Describe how the stage would look as the play opens.
As the play opens, the set consists of what appears to be a cottage, which looks almost as if it is a vacation home. Off to the side of the stage is a small stool that is illuminated by a bright light.
3. Why do you think the interviewer is only heard and never seen?
I believe the interviewer is only heard and never seen because the author wants the focus to remain on the patients and not on the person doing the interviewing.
4. Why is Joe's first reaction to the interviewer is quite awkward?
Joe's first reaction to the interviewer is quite awkward because he cannot see the person who is talking to him.
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