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 Fox want to do with Gould in Act One?

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

3. What does Gould say about being "at the top"?

4. Where do Gould and Fox go to lunch?

5. Gould reads something to Fox in Act One. How is it described?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Gould points out to Karen that a film that nobody sees won't make a difference anyway. What does he mean by this?

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

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

7. Why does the final scene between Gould and Fox become violent?

8. What are the terms of the bet made on the secretary, Karen?

9. How does Karen excuse Gould's tendency to lie?

10. When Fox describes himself as a cog, what does he mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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?

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