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. On what does Ed work?

2. Why is Mr. Henderson at the house?

3. Why is Essie Carmichael making candy?

4. What does Alice agree to do?

5. How might Tony feel about being interrupted by Alice's family members?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tony disagree with Alice? Why is he able to accept her family?

2. About what is "You Can't Take It With You?"

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

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

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

6. What are Paul and Grandpa doing in this scene? How is this activity different from what has been displayed in past scenes?

7. How does Mrs. Kirby react to this strange family? How does her behavior make Alice's fears become realized?

8. Would Tony's family be so accepting of Alice? Why or why not?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Tony's parents are significant characters.

Part 1) What do they represent? How can the audience member and reader relate to them?

Part 2) Compare and contrast them to the Vanderhof/Sycamore family.

Part 3) How do the Kirbys change throughout the play? Why?

Part 4) How do you feel about this change in them? Why do you feel this way?

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