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

2. Why does Alice feel she has to refuse this?
(a) She wants to be a wife and mother, not a career woman.
(b) Her family will miss her.
(c) She and Tony will not last, if her family is not accepted by him and his family.
(d) She wants a normal life.

3. What does Tony ask Alice to do?
(a) Meet him before work in the morning.
(b) Pack her things.
(c) Have a nice life.
(d) Remember him.

4. Where do Alice and Tony go on a date?
(a) To the Monte Carlo Ballet.
(b) To see the New York City Ballet.
(c) To the Museum of Modern Art.
(d) To a movie.

5. How are the characters introduced?
(a) Alice introduces them.
(b) By Grandpa.
(c) A voice-over describes each character.
(d) As they come in and out of this room.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Essie Carmichael making candy?

2. To what has Grandpa not responded?

3. What is the purpose of the cluttered and chaotic living room of Grandpa Vanderhof?

4. What might be some of the unusual noises heard throughout the apartment?

5. Whose son is Tony?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the scene become more confusing? How would this add more stress to Alice's already stressed-out life?

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

4. What is known about Tony? What does Alice ask of her family, regarding Tony? Why does she ask this of them?

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

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

7. How does Grandpa challenge Mr. Henderson? How does Mr. Henderson handle this? With whom is the audience more likely to side, Grandpa or Mr. Henderson? Why?

8. What happens when the doorbell rings? How does this add to the comedic feeling of the play?

9. How is Tony beginning to act more like the Sycamore family? Why?

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

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