Speed-the-Plow 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. Gould reads something to Fox in Act One. How is it described?

2. What is the opening scene of the play set?

3. How long is the pitch the Gould and Fox plan to give Ross?

4. At the beginning of Act One, what is Bobby Gould doing when Charlie arrives?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Gould claims that Fox is spending too much time kissing up to him instead of doing his job, what is Fox's response?

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

4. After twenty years in Hollywood, Gould claims to have learned what?

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

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

7. Why does Karen believe the subject of "Radiation . . ." is timely? What is it and why?

8. What does Fox say worried him all night before his meeting with Ross, and why is it ironic?

9. In Act Two, Karen tells Gould about a time when she felt empowered. What was this experience like for her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role do women play in Speed-the-plow?

1) What is the significance of Karen, the only woman in the play?

2) How are women treated?

3) How are women discussed?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the relationship Gould has with the films that he produces.

1) What type of film does Gould produce?

2) What type of film does Gould claim he wants to produce?

3) How does Gould feel about the work he produces?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following characters. Create an analysis of why they live and work in Hollywood based on the text:

1) Gould.

2) Fox.

3) Karen.

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