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

2. What does Gould think Fox should get for bringing the film to his studio?

3. What is coverage in the film business?

4. Who does Fox want to be the costar?

5. What does Gould call himself due to his job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Fox's opinion of proposed films such as "Radiation . . ." and "The Bridge"?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. Explain Gould's position at the film company.

7. 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?

8. How does Gould describe the movies he now has to produce?

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

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

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 2

Based on Gould's point of view, describe the entertainment industry and how it works.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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