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 is Essie Carmichael making candy?

2. Whose son is Tony?

3. What does Alice Sycamore do for a living?

4. What does Alice declare?

5. What is Ironic about Alice's refusal?

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

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

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

5. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

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

7. How does Grandpa relieve Mr. Kirby's fears? How does this also relieve the tension between the two families.

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

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

10. What have Paul Sycamore and Mr. DePinna been doing? Why is this odd?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ton's parents arrive a day early to dinner.

Part 1) Why? What is Alice's reaction?

Part 2) How does the family try to make the best of the situation? Are they successful? Why or why not?

Part 3) Is their arrival disastrous for the other characters? Does their early arrival weaken or strengthen the family? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby are Tony's parents.

Part 1) Describe Mr. and Mrs. Kirby.

Part 2) How do they react to Alice's family?

Part 3) How does the commotion and chaos taking place as they enter affect their reaction? What is the purpose of all of this going on as the Kirbys arrive? How does this affect the audience?

Part 4) How do the Kirbys change by the end of the play? Why do the playwrights have them change? How does this express their views of family dynamics and the acceptance of others?

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