The Shadow Box Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Michael Cristofer
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is the setting for the opening of this play?
(a) A doctor's office.
(b) A hospital room.
(c) A cottage.
(d) A hotel room.

2. Which of the following is the best synonym for the term affable?
(a) Unwilling.
(b) Sociable.
(c) Likable.
(d) Generous.

3. What does Steve chide his mother about never being able to do?
(a) Talk to Joe about his illness.
(b) Go inside the cottage.
(c) Refusing to have a drink.
(d) Live a rural life.

4. Which of the following best describes how Joe feels about talking to a voice when he is unable to see the person?
(a) Surprised.
(b) Resigned.
(c) Awkward.
(d) Judgmental.

5. What has caused regular visits between Joe and his family to be prohibitive?
(a) Nature of his disease.
(b) Rules of the hospital.
(c) Job and school demands.
(d) Hospital expenses and long distance.

6. What does Brian say about every person's dreams?
(a) They are pointless.
(b) They are informal.
(c) They are beautiful.
(d) They are ridiculous.

7. What does Brian believe people are doing instead of living more authentic lives?
(a) Denying the facts that are presented to them.
(b) Moving through their lives in an automatic way.
(c) Trying methods to prolong the inevitable.
(d) Praying to a God he does not believe exists.

8. Why is Joe's interview halted?
(a) Joe has become ill.
(b) His family has arrived.
(c) Another patient needs the interviewer.
(d) Joe has asked for a break.

9. How many terminally ill people are in this play?
(a) 5.
(b) 3.
(c) 2.
(d) 1.

10. Which of the following is true about the interviewer?
(a) The interviewer is a female in a suit.
(b) The interviewer is not talking to Joe.
(c) The interviewer is an unseen person.
(d) The interviewer seems oblivious to Joe's presence.

11. What profession does Brian have?
(a) Teacher.
(b) Writer.
(c) Doctor.
(d) Actor.

12. What confession does Maggie make to Joe about Steve after he tried to drag her into the cottage?
(a) She tells Joe that Steve has slapped her in the past.
(b) She tells Joe that Steve has been very upset an dmean to her.
(c) She tells Joe that Steve cannot handle his condition.
(d) She tells Joe that she never told Steve about Joe's condition.

13. How does Brian end his interview?
(a) By telling the interviewer that people here are too serious.
(b) By saying that he wishes he had a typewriter so that he could write again.
(c) By saying that the process of life and death shouldn't be taken seriously.
(d) By telling the interviewer that he really misses Beverly.

14. What does Mark tell Beverly about Brian?
(a) That she is no good for him.
(b) That he doesn't want to see her again.
(c) That his condition is terminal.
(d) That Brian continues to worry for her and call her.

15. What is Brian sharing as the interview area switches to highlight him?
(a) His need to see his family.
(b) His feelings about Joe.
(c) His perspective on death.
(d) His desire to live forever.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Brian admit scares him to death?

2. What does Brian believe that every person thinks, though it is not the reality?

3. What does Joe believe his illness has made him more of?

4. What does the interviewer do to make Joe relax?

5. What does Beverly chastise Mark about?

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