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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of film did Fox show the movie star?
(a) Romance.
(b) All of these.
(c) Social Theme.
(d) Action.

2. What does Gould call himself due to his job?
(a) "The Star Maker".
(b) "A Money Milk Cow".
(c) "The Dumb Servant".
(d) "A Big Whore".

3. What does Gould ask his secretary to do at the end of Act One?
(a) Cancel his lunch reservation.
(b) Kiss him.
(c) Cook him dinner at her house.
(d) Read the book assigned by Ross.

4. Gould claims Fox has brought him what, in the form of the film?
(a) Gold.
(b) A hit.
(c) A stinker.
(d) Trouble.

5. At the beginning of Act One, what is Bobby Gould doing when Charlie arrives?
(a) Begging a woman to stay.
(b) Reading.
(c) Watching an audition.
(d) Watching a film.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gould say about being "at the top"?

2. What is Karen's title at the beginning of the play?

3. Why does Gould insist on meeting with Ross instead of calling him?

4. What does Gould reveal to Fox at the beginning of Act One?

5. What does Gould feel is missing from his company's films?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gould use his power to his advantage in Act Two?

2. What are the feelings Fox experiences when he realizes Gould is going to break their deal?

3. How does Fox feel about the division of power between men and women in the workforce?

4. What are the terms of the bet made on the secretary, Karen?

5. Why does Karen feel the prison film is "degrading to the human spirit?"

6. In Act 1, Gould made a crass bet about Karen. Why is he confused about Fox's reference to the bet in Act 3?

7. In the light of day, how do the philosophies expressed by Karen the night before sound to Gould?

8. How do Gould and Fox talk about their relationships with others in Hollywood?

9. Explain the irony of the secretary who does not know how to complete the simplest tasks. What does this represent?

10. In Act 2, Gould speaks of a connection shared between him and Karen but is being insincere. Why?

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