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. Fox compares the movie business to what?

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

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

4. Prior to the pitch meeting, Fox expresses concern Gould will do what with the prison film?

5. At the beginning of Act One, Gould feels everyone in town wants what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Gould toys with the idea of replacing his regular secretary with Karen, the temp. Why is this significant?

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

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

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

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

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

8. When Gould offers Karen a job at the studio, what is her response?

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

10. Explain why, from Gould's point of view, films get made in Hollywood.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Karen appears to be different from Gould and, therefore, most people in the entertainment industry.

1) Why is Karen different?

2) How do people in the entertainment industry react to her?

3) Who does Karen represent?

Essay Topic 2

Power is an important theme that drives Speed-the-plow. Write an essay on the following and how they relate to power in the text.

1) In Act 1, what is the power structure between the characters?

2) At what point in the play does the power structure shift?

3) Does the power structure ever return to what it was in Act 1? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There are several unseen elements that drive the characters in Speed-the-plow. Choose one of the following and analyze its effect on the characters.

1) The popular film audience.

2) Ross.

3) Money.

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