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 else does Alice declare?

2. How does Mr. Henderson leave?

3. Why does Alice wonder if a visitor has arrived?

4. Why must the two part for the evening?

5. What has Grandpa never done?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unexpected event takes place? How does all the activity prior to this event add to the shock and humor of this event?

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

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

4. What might Tony's words "every couple has challenges with family dynamics" foreshadow?

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

6. Describe Grandpa Vanderhof. From where is he returning? What does he enjoy about this activity?

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

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

9. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

10. Who is Essie Carmichael? What is she doing in this scene? How does she fit seamlessly into the Sycamore family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Ed is a very unique individual.

Part 1) What does he do for a living? What unique hobbies does he have?

Part 2) How does he put these hobbies to use?

Part 3) Would most average adults take him seriously in any of his work or hobbies? Why or why not?

Part 4) How does his behavior and interests follow Grandpa's philosophy?

Essay Topic 3

Grandpa Vanderhof returns from a commencement ceremony.

Part 1) Where was the commencement ceremony? Why does he go to this ceremony?

Part 2) Why might commencement ceremonies be meaningful to Grandpa?

Part 3) What is something meaningful in your own life? Compare and contrast it to Grandpa's interest in commencement ceremonies.

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