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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. Whose son is Tony?
(a) The firm's owner.
(b) The headmaster of a prep school.
(c) A famous actor.
(d) A professor.

2. What genre of play is "You Can't Take It With You?"
(a) Romantic comedy.
(b) Non-fiction.
(c) Science fiction.
(d) Historical fiction.

3. Why does Alice say about everything in the world?
(a) It is disgusting.
(b) It is beautiful.
(c) It is sad.
(d) It is dirty.

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

5. How does Alice feel about her family?
(a) She is angry that they are not normal.
(b) She dreams of escaping their oddities.
(c) She is annoyed and embarrassed by their odd behavior.
(d) She adores them in spite of their quirkiness.

Short Answer Questions

1. From where does the patriarch of this zany family come home?

2. Why does Donald arrive with flies?

3. On what does Penny comment?

4. What must Alice and Tony do?

5. Where does Alice go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Alice?

2. Describe Rheba and her actions in this scene. Why do the playwrights say she is African American? Could someone who is not African American play this role?

3. How does Essie respond to Ed's uncertainty? What does this say about Essie's character?

4. Describe the dinner. How does this begin to heal the wounds of the night before?

5. What is the outcome of Grandpa's tax evasion? What might be the response of audience members?

6. How is Alice different from the rest of the family? Describe the interaction between Alice and the rest of the family.

7. What does Alice's father do when she comes into the room? Why does he do this?

8. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

9. Does Tony decide to stay or go? Why?

10. Why is the Grand Duchess at the Sycamore's home? How can the audience members relate to this?

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