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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. When Claire becomes frustrated with Elizabeth, what does Claire want to do?
(a) Destroy "The Edge Vine."
(b) Destroy "The Breath of Life."
(c) Destroy "The Edge of Death."
(d) Destroy all plants in the greenhouse.

2. What does Claire want Elizabeth to do regarding the plants?
(a) Not get involved.
(b) Tend only the special plant.
(c) Tend all of the plants.
(d) Wait until tomorrow to see what will happen.

3. When the curtain opens for a second time in Act 1, what is the scene?
(a) A room in a tower.
(b) The interior of a greenhouse on a sunny, snowy morning.
(c) An unusual plant in a shaft of light.
(d) Outdoors in a blizzard, with a greenhouse visible.

4. What does the second house guest do when he sees that no one can help him enter the greenhouse?
(a) Pretends to shoot himself.
(b) Pretends to shoot out the greenhouse door.
(c) Drops the breakfast supplies.
(d) Drops the shaker.

5. Who is Elizabeth?
(a) Harry's daughter from a previous marriage.
(b) Claire's sister.
(c) Claire's daughter from a previous marriage.
(d) Harry and Claire's daughter.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the only character onstage when the curtain opens for the second time in Act 1?

2. Who rescues Elizabeth from being struck?

3. What does Tom confide to Dick?

4. What is the special plant about to do?

5. Why didn't Anthony answer the buzz from Harry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Claire's internal struggle indicates her desire for what?

2. Why does Claire ask Anthony to view the plant first?

3. Why is Claire angry about Tom's declaration?

4. How does Harry react to Claire's actions, yelling to Tom for rescue?

5. When Claire and Tom are alone in the tower room, what does Claire admit to Tom, and what is his response?

6. What is the profession of Claire's lover, Tom? How is his profession indicative of his character?

7. After Harry leaves to smoke, what does Tom confide to Dick?

8. After some order has been restored in the greenhouse, Anthony remind everyone it is time to do what?

9. What does Harry realize when he sees that Claire has strangled Tom?

10. Why is Anthony upset when Dick rushes into the greenhouse for shelter?

(see the answer keys)

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