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 not a good enough reason for Grandpa to part with his money?

2. How does Mr. Henderson leave?

3. What does Alice declare?

4. Why does Alice relent?

5. Where does Alice go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rheba recall? How does this information satisfy the audience?

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

3. Does Tony decide to stay or go? Why?

4. What does Penny comment about Alice? Why? Why might Alice be attracted to this type of man?

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

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

7. Why does Tony accept Alice's family?

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

9. How does the scene become more confusing? How would this add more stress to Alice's already stressed-out life?

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

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

Tony and Alice are a couple.

Part 1) How serious is their relationship? How do you know this?

Part 2) What trials and tribulations do they encounter throughout the play, as a couple?

Part 3) Is their relationship likely to last? Why or why not?

Part 4) If you could see this couple in ten years, where would they be and why? Use the text to support your response.

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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