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. In the movie, why does Lee think the main character has died?

2. What is Lee concerned about breaking?

3. What does Lee throw at the window?

4. What did Lee and Austin used to catch in the desert?

5. What is the shape of Mom's plates?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Austin claim he could not live in the desert like Lee?

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

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

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

6. Why is Austin so surprised that Lee has "sealed the deal"?

7. Why does Austin want Lee out of the house during his meeting with Saul?

8. What roles did the brothers used to take as children?

9. Why does Saul feel Austin is the right person to write Lee's screenplay?

10. How do Saul and Lee try to lure Austin to the project?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the car keys as a metaphor for the brothers' relationship. Cite specific instances from the text where the keys represent their power struggle.

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