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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. How is the apartment as Alice and Tony return from their date?

2. Why is what this person shows her important?

3. What do the family members think of Tony?

4. From where does the patriarch of this zany family come home?

5. How does Tony feel about Alice's family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Grandpa persuade Alice to do? How is he able to do this?

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

3. How does Essie respond to Ed's uncertainty? What does this say about Essie's character?

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

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

6. What do these strangers uncover? To what does this lead?

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

8. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

9. How does Penny try to ease tension? Why does this not work?

10. How has this family become so quirky and unusual?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Alice and Tony meet at work.

Part 1) What is Tony's job? What is Alice's job? How does this make them compatible?

Part 2) Ironically, how does Alice's career make her odd, compared to the rest of her family?

Part 3) What draws Tony to Alice's family and vice versa? What are they lacking in their own lives that makes them fond of each other's families?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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