Short Essay Answer Key
1. Describe what the audience sees when the curtain first opens in Act 1.
When the curtain first opens, the stage is dark except for one beam of light coming from a trap door in the floor. The beam of light shines on an unusual plant. No characters are onstage.
2. Describe what the audience hears when the curtain first opens in Act 1.
When the curtain first opens, the only sound is strong wind. Then, a buzzer sounds in a specific code-like pattern.
3. Which character responds to the code-like buzzer, and what does that character do?
Anthony, the gardener, enters through the trap door when he hears the buzzer and he answers a telephone. His end of the conversation indicates that the weather is getting worse and that Anthony is supposed to check the temperature in the room to keep the plants healthy.
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