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. When Austin mentions Lee lived in the desert, where does Saul assume he meant?

2. What kind of coffee does Lee ask for later?

3. How does Lee describe the heat in the desert?

4. What does Lee claim he can tell by the sound of crickets?

5. What does Lee accuse of Austin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Saul feel threatened by Lee?

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

3. Why could Mom possibly have so many locks in the house?

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

5. When Lee keeps beating up on the typewriter with the golf club, what does Austin ask him to consider?

6. How does Lee manipulate Austin into continuing to write the screenplay?

7. After Lee asks Austin again to write the screenplay, how does Austin react? What tactic does he employ?

8. To what does Lee compare his mother's house?

9. What living situation does Austin offer Lee?

10. Why does Austin demand his keys back from Lee?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Austin physically assaults Lee in the end to get what he wants. While Lee threatened to assault Austin throughout the play, he never actually did. How does this represent a turning point for Austin? For the brothers' relationship? How will the play end after the lights go down? Will the brothers reconcile? Will there be a fight? Will they each survive?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of one brother loving beginnings and one loving endings? Are they true opposites in every way, or is there an overlap?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the play, Austin is the "people" person and Lee is the loner. Where and how do they reverse roles in the play? Do they reverse back again? What does Mom have to do with their roles?

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