Six Plays Test | Mid-Book 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. Where is Dr. Sloan in Act II of "The Little Foxes" ?

2. Who is the judge for the case involving Karen and Martha?

3. What sound is heard a few minutes after Martha's final exit?

4. Who says, "Losers never like music"?

5. What does Karen do in Act III to show that she doesn't want to listen to Martha anymore?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the things that Cora complains about during the first act of "Days to Come"?

2. What action does Kurt take against Teck in Act III of "Watch on the Rhone" for the cause?

3. What news is revealed to Kurt in a phone call that Teck learns at the Embassy poker game?

4. Why does everyone want Horace to come home?

5. According to Cal, what is Leo's reaction about finding out that Horace has the safety deposit box?

6. Describe the Rodman living room in "Days to Come."

7. In "The Little Foxes," Birdie cries out at the end of Act I. What reason does she give Alexandra, and what really happened?

8. What activities are the characters engaging in as Act II of "Watch on the Rhine" opens?

9. Why does Karen break off her engagement with Joe?

10. What is Constance doing and how is she dressed when Act II of "The Autumn Garden" begins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Homosexuality is a theme in two of the plays. Identify which plays and compare how Hellman uses homosexuality in the plot.

Essay Topic 2

When plays are performed, they are critiqued by drama critics. Choose one of the plays and describe as a drama critic might whether or not the play was worth reading (or watching). Why did Hellman write this particular play and what meaning was she trying to communicate?

Essay Topic 3

"The Autumn Garden" presents the themes of fear and the pain of loneliness. Analyze this and discuss other plays in which the theme of dealing with fear and loneliness is present.

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