The Shadow Box Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Cristofer
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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. How many terminally ill people are in this play?

2. About how old is Felicity?

3. What conclusion does Brian come to about his shaking?

4. How old is Steve?

5. What did Beverly tell Brian that he had lost?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Brian's perspective on Death?

2. What does the interviewer do to help Joe relax?

3. What does Beverly think that Mark's life is based on?

4. How did Felicity handle the news about her daughter's death?

5. What does Maggie agree to do after she realizes that their life together has gone by too fast?

6. What happens when the interviewer brings up these doubts and alternate ideas to Agnes?

7. What happens when Felicity demands Agnes take her back to the cottage and what does the interviewer do that surprises Agnes?

8. How does Joe feel about his life as he sits reminiscing with his wife?

9. What happens when Maggie and Steve arrive at Joe's cottage?

10. What is Brian's profession and how does he feel his work has been affected by his condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe the author's use of flashbacks and memories is helpful to the audience? Why or why not? Do you think this play would have been as important without the flashbacks and memories? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does the author include the clinical nature of death in American society in this play? Which characters express this idea? How do they express it?

Essay Topic 3

What is a common thread among all of the patients life reviews? What seems to bother the patients the most? Do you agree with their feelings? Why or why not?

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