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. What is Mr. Henderson's job?

2. How does Grandpa challenge Mr. Henderson?

3. How does Mr. Henderson leave?

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

5. How does Alice feel about her family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Alice relent?

3. Why does Mr. Henderson appear? How might the audience react to the arrival of this character?

4. How does the family respond to this crisis? How does this prolong the hilarity of this scene for the audience?

5. Why does Tony accept Alice's family?

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

7. What does Alice's father do when she comes into the room? Why does he do this?

8. How does the second act open? What new character does the audience meet? How does she add to the comedic aspect of the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the play is significant.

Part 1) To what does "You Can't Take It With You" refer?

Part 2) Whose philosophy is this? What message are the playwrights trying to get across to the audience members?

Part 3) Why would this philosophy be important to the audience when the play opened in 1936? How is it significant today?

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

Essie and Penny are interested in the arts.

Part 1) What art form does Essie study? In what art forms does Penny participate?

Part 2) Describe these two characters' artistic endeavors. Are they very successful? Do they take themselves and their art seriously? Do others take them seriously? Use the text to support your response.

Part 3) Why do the playwrights have the arts as an important aspect of this play? What message are they trying to convey to the audience?

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