Water by the Spoonful Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Quiara Alegría Hudes
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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. From what California city does ChutesAndLadders hail?

2. What object does Elliot smash at work when he gets word of his mom's decline in health?

3. How many other Asians had Orangutan seen in person before traveling to Japan?

4. For what government agency does ChutesAndLadders work?

5. Orangutan's comment to Fountainhead after he announces his relapse is that maybe he will make it to Day 30 of sobriety if he takes what action?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elliot try to lessen the pain caused by his wounded leg now that he no longer takes pain medication?

2. Discuss the Ghost's role as a theatrical externalization within the play.

3. What fact about Madeleine/Orangutan's identity is learned by Clay/ChutesandLadders, Odessa/Haikumom, and the audience all at once in Scene Two?

4. What is ironic about Elliot's comment upon Ginny's death when he says that Odessa/Haikumom is shutting herself off from the world?

5. What is ironic about Yazmin's purported hatred of public speaking?

6. What do the stage directions say the actors should be doing while chatting online with one another?

7. Explain the significance of Odessa/Haikumom's haiku that she posts on the Addiction Support forum in Scene Two.

8. What does Clay/ChutesandLadders reveal as the catalyst for his decision to get sober?

9. How does Odessa/Haikumom handle her job as site administrator and what are her duties?

10. What is the significance of the Arabic phrase that is stuck in Elliot's head?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the play's overall message concerning the inevitability of the past's hold on humans' current identities? Create a clear and specific claim stating the playwright's message and back up your points with carefully chosen scenes and quotes from the play.

Essay Topic 2

How does the existence of two co-protagonists in the characters of Elliot and Yazmin mesh with the play's overall themes and messages? Create a clear and specific claim that states the playwright's purpose in presenting the audience with two protagonists, rather than just one. Use concrete details from the play to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of irony in the play Water by the Spoonful. How is irony used and how does its use shape the themes inherent in the play's narrative structure? Use concrete details from the play to prove your points.

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