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 has Grandpa never done?

2. What is Penny Sycamore doing?

3. What does Penny do when the doorbell rings?

4. What is Mr. Henderson's job?

5. How does Alice feel about her family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

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

3. What has happened to both of the families? What might be the audience's reaction to this news?

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

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

6. Who is Ed Carmichael? Why are he and Essie a perfect match?

7. What is known about Tony? What does Alice ask of her family, regarding Tony? Why does she ask this of them?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Vanderhof/Sycamore family is very unique.

Part 1) How are they unique?

Part 2) Why do Alice and Tony love them? Why are they such an endearing family?

Part 3) Why might the playwrights have chosen such odd characters for this play? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

The entire family is arrested.

Part 1) Why? What takes place during their jail time?

Part 2) How does this arrest affect Alice? Does this arrest prove that Alice was right to believe her family could not be accepted in Tony's world? Why or why not?

Part 3) Will the Sycamores and Kirbys be able to move past this incident and become one cohesive family? Why or why not?

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