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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Alice assume Tony will not be able to accept her family?
(a) Tony has already complained about her family's odd behavior.
(b) No one else accepts her family.
(c) Tony is very critical.
(d) She has a difficult time believing they can be accepted.

2. Where does Tony attend college?
(a) Columbia University.
(b) Cambridge University in England.
(c) NYU.
(d) Northwestern University.

3. What takes place at Columbia University?
(a) An art gallery opening that Penny attends.
(b) A ballet class that Essie attends.
(c) A ballet performance that Alice and Tony attend.
(d) A commencement ceremony that Grandpa Vanderhof attends.

4. Why does Donald arrive with flies?
(a) To show Ed, who is fascinated by them.
(b) To feed the snakes in the solarium.
(c) To annoy the family.
(d) To put into the pie.

5. The curtain goes down temporarily and rises on what scene?
(a) A different scene later that night.
(b) The same scene later that night.
(c) The same scene the next day.
(d) A different scene the next day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Penny do when the doorbell rings?

2. What does this person show Alice?

3. Who is Mr. Henderson?

4. What else does Alice declare?

5. What does Penny assume about the man standing in the doorway?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the household continuing as usual that evening? How are the characters even more strange than initially thought?

2. What has this embarrassing incident done to Alice? How would you feel, if you were Alice?

3. What is Grandpa's philosophy on life? How does this relate to the title of the play?

4. Why does Mr. Henderson appear? How might the audience react to the arrival of this character?

5. What do these strangers uncover? To what does this lead?

6. What does Grandpa do right before dinner? Why does he say this? What might this foreshadow?

7. How are the characters introduced? Why might the playwright use this technique to present the personalities and quirkiness of these characters to the audience or reader?

8. How does Mr. Kirby respond to Grandpa's philosophy? How do the Kirbys and Sycamores begin to become one cohesive family?

9. What happens before Tony and Alice part? What does this show about their relationship?

10. What does Alice declare to her father? Why does she say this?

(see the answer keys)

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