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 is the time of day at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

2. What is the first sound effect present in the stage directions?

3. How long did Lee live in the desert?

4. Why does Lee not want to go north with Austin?

5. Why does Lee think Austin is smart?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Mom think Austin is cut out for the desert?

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

3. Briefly describe the setting at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 8.

4. Where did Lee go instead of sleeping, and why did he go there?

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

6. How does Austin end up being assigned to write Lee's screenplay?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Do a character study of Lee. Examine his journey in depth throughout the text of the play. Pay special attention to turning points and instances where he must make decisions.

Essay Topic 2

Does Saul really believe Lee's script is good, or is he saving face from losing his bet? He definitely sells that he "goes with his gut" to Austin, but does he really care that much about Lee's script?

Essay Topic 3

Lee's speech has a markedly "country" dialect, a sharp contrast with Austin's clipped style of speech in the beginning. Take a look back through the dialogue and pinpoint the instance where Austin begins to speak like his brother, with a slight twang. What are the implications of this change?

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