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 tells his secretary _______ is a waste in his business.

2. Where do Gould and Fox go to lunch?

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

4. What does Karen say about her job?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What comment about prayer did Gould make as a joke that Karen took seriously?

3. What is it that Gould objects about making "Radiation..." into a film?

4. Much of what comes out of Gould's mouth is insincere. What is his reaction when Karen reminds him of statements he's made in the past?

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

6. What are the feelings Fox experiences when he realizes Gould is going to break their deal?

7. What are Fox's plans for the future, after the Prison film is produced?

8. After Gould offers Karen a job at the studio and she says she wants only to work on "Radiation . . ." why is Gould confused?

9. In Act 3, Fox reveals his relationship with Gould to have been what?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Analyze one of the following dichotomies found in Act One.

1) Art versus commerce.

2) "When the gods would make us mad they answer our prayers".

3) Gould feels used when someone presents him a project he has the power to greenlight.

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