True West 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 Saul tell Lee to do with his story?

2. Where is the main character of Lee's script trying to leave?

3. How far from the border is Lee's character, according to Lee?

4. What geological feature does Lee point out is missing from the Panhandle?

5. How is the room lit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the catalyst for Saul dropping Austin's script?

2. At the beginning of the play, which brother appears to have his life in order?

3. What is the last sound effect of the play?

4. How is Austin now writing Lee's script, after the demise of the typewriter?

5. How does Austin assert his authority over Lee?

6. Does Saul feel threatened by Lee?

7. Why does Austin lend Lee his car?

8. How does Lee smoothly insert himself into the conversation?

9. Does Austin earn Lee's respect by stealing the toasters?

10. Does Saul want to admit that he decided on Lee's story because he lost a bet? Why/why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Austin is an idealist, and even in the midst of his breakdown he thinks about the people without typewriters and golf clubs. Is he experiencing twinges of yuppie guilt? Pick specific instances from the text that lead you to believe one way or another.

Essay Topic 2

How is Lee similar to his father? Why is he so offended when Austin offers him money? What happened the last time Austin offered their father money?

Essay Topic 3

The brothers each admire a quality in each other--for Lee, he admires Austin's smarts and Ivy League education, and Austin admires Lee's adventurousness. How do these identifications contribute to their role reversals? Do the brothers really wish they were like the other? Why or why not?

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