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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 meal does Austin offer to Lee?

2. What time does Austin ask Lee to be back?

3. What does Lee throw at the window?

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

5. What does Lee want to watch on the TV?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Saul give Lee his gold clubs?

3. Why doesn't Austin think Lee can help their father?

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

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

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

7. What living situation does Austin offer Lee?

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

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

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

Essay 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

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?

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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