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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. Why does Ross cancel the meeting with Fox?
(a) He doesn't like Fox's script.
(b) For fun.
(c) He's been called out of town.
(d) He doesn't like Fox's reputation.

2. Gould reads something to Fox in Act One. How is it described?
(a) Stale and typical.
(b) Witty and commercial.
(c) Pretentious and confusing.
(d) Pulitzer quality.

3. Gould takes Fox to present his film to who?
(a) Ross.
(b) Klipstine.
(c) The financiers.
(d) The actress of the moment.

4. When is Fox's deadline to make a deal with Ross?
(a) The next day, 10 a.m.
(b) He doesn't have one.
(c) That day, 5 p.m.
(d) One week.

5. What does the secretary ask about the film with Doug Brown?
(a) If it's costly to make.
(b) If it's good.
(c) If Gould likes it.
(d) If there is a part for her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What substance does Fox need in Act One?

2. Gould pretends those who aren't happy in film are the ones who are what?

3. Gould claims the gods do what to make people mad?

4. What is Gould's job at the beginning of Act One?

5. What script does Gould show Fox in Act One?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Fox and Gould?

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

3. Early in Act One, Gould says, "When the gods would make us mad they answer our prayers." What does this mean and how is it applicable to Gould?

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

5. How does Karen excuse Gould's tendency to lie?

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

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

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

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

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

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