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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. What does Karen say about her job?

2. Fox quotes who from the Bible?

3. What does Fox want to do with Gould in Act One?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Fox feel about the division of power between men and women in the workforce?

4. Why does Karen feel that the real reason is for Gould turning down the film "Radiation . . ."?

5. What is significant about the fact that Gould only completes a half-day in the office at his new job?

6. Although Karen had claimed her motives in making films to be purer than the men, what makes Fox and Gould's motives pure as well?

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

8. According to Fox, Karen used Gould for what purpose?

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

10. Although Gould has pretended to champion "Radiation . . ." in an attempt to get Karen to bed, he is eventually forced to admit what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the evolution of the relationship between Gould and Karen.

1) Where did they start in their relationship?

2) What surprising turn did their relationship take?

3) What was the outcome of their relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Conscience and morality is mentioned frequently throughout Speed-the-plow. Analyze conscience and morality based on one of the following:

1) The bet placed on Karen.

2) Guilt associated with success.

3) Professional responsibility.

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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