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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 scenario mirrors the challenges of the American family endured during the dire economic times of the Depression?
(a) The lack of the acceptance of Alice's family by Tony.
(b) Alice and Tony being unsure if they have enough in common.
(c) Alice's desire to be a career woman.
(d) Alice's love for the family in spite of difficulties and differences.

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

3. From where do Paul Sycamore and Mr. DePinna emerge?
(a) The basement.
(b) The kitchen.
(c) The second floor.
(d) The garage.

4. Why does Tony ask Alice to do this?
(a) He does not want her to forget him.
(b) He cares about her.
(c) He will have thought of so many new things to say.
(d) He does not want her to forget to pack anything important.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Tony's comment about family dynamics foreshadow?

2. Why does Alice feel she has to refuse this?

3. How might Alice feel about being interrupted by her family members?

4. Why does Paul show Alice his new fireworks?

5. Where do Alice and Tony go on a date?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has this family become so quirky and unusual?

2. Describe Grandpa Vanderhof. From where is he returning? What does he enjoy about this activity?

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

4. How does this scene open? How does this continue to reflect the Sycamore family's quirkiness?

5. Is Tony able to change Alice's mind? To what does Alice agree? Why does she change her mind?

6. Why is Ed feeling uncertain about his work? What might this foreshadow?

7. What are Paul and Grandpa doing in this scene? How is this activity different from what has been displayed in past scenes?

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

9. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

10. Would Tony's family be so accepting of Alice? Why or why not?

(see the answer keys)

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