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 Alice feel she has to refuse this?

2. How does Alice respond to Tony?

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

4. On what does Ed work?

5. What occurs in the basement?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Kirby respond to Grandpa's philosophy? How do the Kirbys and Sycamores begin to become one cohesive family?

2. Why does Tony accept Alice's family?

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

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

5. How does Mrs. Kirby react to this strange family? How does her behavior make Alice's fears become realized?

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

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

8. What does Alice say to Tony, regarding their relationship? Why does she say this? What assumptions is she making?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Henderson is an unexpected guest to the home.

Part 1) Who is he? Why is he there?

Part 2) How does Grandpa react to Mr. Henderson's arrival? What is the outcome of this situation?

Part 3) How can both audiences of 1936 and audiences of today relate to this encounter? Would many agree or disagree with Grandpa? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Paul and Mr. DePinna spend a lot of time in the basement.

Part 1) Why are they in the basement?

Part 2) How does this affect the rest of the household and guests?

Part 3) How does this get them and the rest of the household into trouble?

Part 4) Why might the playwrights have created these characters? What or who do they represent in American society?

Essay Topic 3

Grandpa Vanderhof is the patriarch of the family.

Part 1) What was his previous career? Why does he leave this career?

Part 2) How does this decision affect the rest of the family?

Part 3) Do you agree with his view on life? Why or why not?

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