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 used to be a source of income for Lee?

2. What kinds of things were in the house Lee scoped out?

3. What is one of Lee's main character's realizations?

4. How is the main character traveling in Lee's script?

5. What observation does Lee make about the security of Mom's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Austin feel he is more in touch with what people want than Lee?

2. Why is Lee so interested in a true-to-life modern Western?

3. What is one of the ways Lee makes a living?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Did Austin know Lee was coming to visit?

10. What is Lee's example of a "great western"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lee is an opportunist, a hustler by instinct. Cite four specific instances in the play where Lee creates opportunities for himself throughout the text. Are these opportunities at the expense of other people?

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

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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