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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. At the beginning of Act One, Gould feels everyone in town wants what?
(a) To humiliate him.
(b) To promote him.
(c) His head on a platter.
(d) His wife.

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

3. What does Gould tell Fox to get in Ross' office?
(a) The blacklist.
(b) Script options.
(c) Paperclips.
(d) Coffee.

4. What does promote mean in the film business?
(a) Pass duties to someone else.
(b) Get someone to make a movie.
(c) Kiss a leading lady.
(d) Give someone a raise.

5. What do Gould and Fox spend time doing in Act One?
(a) Fighting.
(b) Debating.
(c) Thanking each other.
(d) One upping each other.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many things does Gould claim to have learned in the film industry?

3. Fox compares the movie business to what?

4. What time is the second pitch meeting with Ross scheduled for?

5. Gould reads something to Fox in Act One. How is it described?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Gould complains that everyone wants something from him, how does Karen reveal him as hypocritical?

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

4. What is significant about Fox's desire for a drink in Act 3?

5. Other than money, why is Fox excited about the prospect of success?

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

7. How does Karen feel people should react towards fear?

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

9. What issue does Gould seem to be debating within himself at the beginning of Act One?

10. When Karen speaks passionately about "Radiation . . ." how does Gould react?

(see the answer keys)

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