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. In Act One, what type of read does Ross ask of a certain book?

2. What is Gould's job at the beginning of Act One?

3. What does Gould ask his secretary to do at the end of Act One?

4. What does Gould tell Fox the movie business should be?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In the light of day, how do the philosophies expressed by Karen the night before sound to Gould?

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

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

5. Why does Gould want to present Fox's film idea to Ross in person, with Fox?

6. Even though it is his job to greenlight films, Gould is upset when he feels this is why Fox has come to visit him. Why?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the presence of religion in the script.

1) Who discusses religion?

2) In what way is it discussed?

3) What are the relationships various characters share with God?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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