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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. From where does Penny's daughter arrive?
(a) Selling candy.
(b) Creating fireworks.
(c) Work.
(d) An art gallery.

2. Why is Essie Carmichael making candy?
(a) She loves candy.
(b) Her husband, Ed, has taken orders for the sweets that need to be filled today.
(c) It is one of her many hobbies.
(d) Her mother sells candy from the home.

3. For what can Grandpa see no need?
(a) His money to be spent by the police force.
(b) His participation in jury duty.
(c) His money to be put to something that he cannot see.
(d) Acquiring a job that he does not want.

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

5. Why does Rheba enter the room?
(a) To clean the room.
(b) To check on the dinner count.
(c) She is looking for her boyfriend.
(d) To talk to Alice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who passes Mr. Henderson in the hall?

2. Who is the most aimless of the household and periodically plays notes on the xylophone so that Essie can dance?

3. How does Tony feel about Alice's family?

4. How does Alice feel about her family?

5. What must Alice and Tony do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What might Tony's words "every couple has challenges with family dynamics" foreshadow?

3. What does the doorbell announce? What might the audience members be thinking, before it is discovered who has rung the doorbell?

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

5. Why does Alice relent?

6. How is Tony reacting to Alice's behavior? Why is he reacting this way?

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

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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