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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 is Karen's title at the beginning of the play?
(a) Temporary Secretary.
(b) Agent.
(c) Administrative Assistant.
(d) Assistant to the Studio Head.

2. Gould tells Karen to take what kind of holiday?
(a) Boredom Holiday.
(b) Advancement Holiday.
(c) Christmas Holiday.
(d) Bank Holiday.

3. Gould tells his secretary _______ is a waste in his business.
(a) Good taste.
(b) A love for women.
(c) Confidence.
(d) Interest.

4. What script does Gould show Fox in Act One?
(a) The Story of a Horse and a Horse Who Loved Him.
(b) Grass is Green but Money is Greener.
(c) The Candle Burns at Both Ends Twice.
(d) Turtle Time.

5. What does Gould say about being "at the top"?
(a) He hates looking down at the fall.
(b) It gives him vertigo.
(c) "It ain't crowded".
(d) "The air's a little thin".

Short Answer Questions

1. Gould takes Fox to present his film to who?

2. What is coverage in the film business?

3. What does Fox compare the substance of his movies to?

4. Why does Ross cancel the meeting with Fox?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what a "courtesy read" is and why they are done.

2. How does Gould describe the movies he now has to produce?

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

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

5. What additional motivation, other than personal ambition, does Fox have to stop Gould from betraying him?

6. At what point in Act 3 does Fox realize Gould is serious about not making the prison film?

7. Why does the final scene between Gould and Fox become violent?

8. What is Fox's opinion of proposed films such as "Radiation . . ." and "The Bridge"?

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

10. Describe the book Karen wants to see made into a film.

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