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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Claire push off the table?
(a) An egg.
(b) Salt.
(c) A plant.
(d) Pepper.

2. What does Claire require the second house guest to do before she will let him enter the greenhouse?
(a) Retrieve salt from the house.
(b) Put away his gun.
(c) Kiss her.
(d) Retrieve pepper from the house.

3. What does the first character do after coming onstage?
(a) Prepare breakfast.
(b) Press a buzzer.
(c) Answer a telephone.
(d) Lock the greenhouse door.

4. What does Harry help Hattie to do when he returns during the second part of Act 1?
(a) Lock the greenhouse door.
(b) Tend to the plants.
(c) Greet the houseguests.
(d) Prepare breakfast.

5. Why is Claire astonished when she enters the greenhouse during the second part of Act 1?
(a) Because a plant is dying.
(b) Because the special plant is in plain sight.
(c) Because Harry invited more people to intrude upon the greenhouse.
(d) Because the greenhouse is too hot.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the curtain opens for a second time in Act 1, what is the scene?

2. What is the special plant in the greenhouse called?

3. Claire tries to strike Elizabeth with what?

4. What is Elizabeth's philosophy regarding new plant varieties?

5. What does Tom confide to Dick?

Short Essay Questions

1. What character is onstage alone at the beginning of Act 2, and which two characters join the first character?

2. Why is Claire frustrated by her inability to explain the importance of her plants?

3. Describe the setting of Act 2.

4. What does Harry tell Claire he plans to do regarding her mental health?

5. How does Tom respond to Claire's request in order for the door to be unlocked?

6. Who is the first house guest to enter the greenhouse, and what is his first topic of conversation?

7. What does Anthony offer to do when he sees that Claire has strangled Tom?

8. Describe what the audience hears when the curtain first opens in Act 1.

9. What is the profession of Claire's husband, Harry? How is his profession indicative of his character?

10. What is Anthony doing when the curtain opens for the second time in Act 1?

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