You Can't Take It with You Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Tony ask Alice to do this?

2. What does this person show Alice?

3. What do the authors show, despite the difficulties and differences in Alice's family?

4. Why does Alice declare this?

5. How might Tony's family compare to Alice's?

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 Tony disagree with Alice? Why is he able to accept her family?

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

4. What happens before Tony and Alice part? What does this show about their relationship?

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

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

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

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

9. What is realized about both families? How might this affect Alice and Tony's relationship?

10. How are the characters introduced? Why might the playwright use this technique to present the personalities and quirkiness of these characters to the audience or reader?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Kolenkhov brings a guest.

Part 1) Who is the guest and why has he brought her?

Part 2) Why does the author include this character in the play?

Part 3) Based on this character, what must life have been like for immigrants during the 1930s?

Essay Topic 2

The play is written in 1936.

Part 1) What is significant about this time period in United States' history?

Part 2) How does this play relate to this time period and audiences of 1936?

Part 3) Describe American life in 1936, based on the families in this play.

Essay Topic 3

Tony's parents are significant characters.

Part 1) What do they represent? How can the audience member and reader relate to them?

Part 2) Compare and contrast them to the Vanderhof/Sycamore family.

Part 3) How do the Kirbys change throughout the play? Why?

Part 4) How do you feel about this change in them? Why do you feel this way?

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