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 type of film did Fox show the movie star?

2. Gould claims movie making is a what?

3. Where do Gould and Fox go to lunch?

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

5. Fox compares the movie business to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Fox and Gould?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is Fox's response when Gould reveals he has changed his mind about producing Fox's film?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fear is mentioned several times within Speed-the-plow. Analyze the idea of fear based on its presence in the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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