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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. What does Penny assume about the man standing in the doorway?
(a) He is the neighbor.
(b) He is looking for Ed.
(c) He is Alice's date.
(d) He is from the IRS.

2. What does Alice declare?
(a) The painting is the most beautiful one she has ever seen.
(b) The fireworks' red glow is beautiful.
(c) She wants to begin reading the book immediately.
(d) The dance is beautiful.

3. What does Grandpa ask God to allow?
(a) That Mr. Henderson leaves them alone.
(b) The basement to be easily repaired.
(c) The family to continue living in the manner it has become used to.
(d) Paul and Mr. DePinna to stop making fireworks.

4. Why must the two part for the evening?
(a) They have broken up.
(b) It is late.
(c) Alice's family does not like Tony.
(d) They are in an argument.

5. What do Alice and Tony declare?
(a) Their desire for independence.
(b) Their desire to run away together.
(c) The end of their relationship.
(d) Their love for one another.

Short Answer Questions

1. What occurs in the basement?

2. How does Alice feel about Tony?

3. Who is Mr. Henderson?

4. Why does Alice tell Tony she cannot marry him?

5. How are the characters introduced?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Tony disagree with Alice? Why is he able to accept her family?

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

4. What does Grandpa persuade Alice to do? How is he able to do this?

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

6. How might Alice feel after she and Tony part for the night?

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

8. Who is Essie Carmichael? What is she doing in this scene? How does she fit seamlessly into the Sycamore family?

9. About what is "You Can't Take It With You?"

10. How does the play open? What does the audience member and reader learn about the family from the set?

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