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. What does the secretary ask about the film with Doug Brown?

2. Gould tells Karen to take what kind of holiday?

3. What does Gould tell Fox to get in Ross' office?

4. What does promote mean in the film business?

5. In addition to money from success, what does Fox look forward to?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 1, Gould made a crass bet about Karen. Why is he confused about Fox's reference to the bet in Act 3?

2. Why does Karen feel the prison film is "degrading to the human spirit?"

3. How does Gould use his power to his advantage in Act Two?

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

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

6. What is Gould's definition of a maverick?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters experience several driving motivations that guide them through the story. Choose one of three characters in the play and examine the motivation that drives him or her.

1) What drives the character?

2) How does their motivation affect others?

3) What is the result of that drive?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of loyalty is a driving force in Speed-the-plow. Consider the execution of loyalty between Gould and Fox analyzing how their loyalty and betrayal affect:

1. Their career.

2. Their friendship.

Essay Topic 3

Originally, Gould brings Karen back to his home to win a bet. Discuss whether or not his objectives changed, and why, upon getting her to his home.

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