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. Why does Donald arrive with flies?

2. What does Penny do when the doorbell rings?

3. Why are the family members interrupting Alice and Tony?

4. What does Alice agree to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Tony able to change Alice's mind? To what does Alice agree? Why does she change her mind?

2. What does Alice say to Tony, regarding their relationship? Why does she say this? What assumptions is she making?

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

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

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

6. How does Grandpa challenge Mr. Henderson? How does Mr. Henderson handle this? With whom is the audience more likely to side, Grandpa or Mr. Henderson? Why?

7. How is Alice directing her family? Why is she doing this?

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

9. What does Donald bring? Why? What is strange about this?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the play is significant.

Part 1) To what does "You Can't Take It With You" refer?

Part 2) Whose philosophy is this? What message are the playwrights trying to get across to the audience members?

Part 3) Why would this philosophy be important to the audience when the play opened in 1936? How is it significant today?

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

Mr. Henderson is an unexpected guest to the home.

Part 1) Who is he? Why is he there?

Part 2) How does Grandpa react to Mr. Henderson's arrival? What is the outcome of this situation?

Part 3) How can both audiences of 1936 and audiences of today relate to this encounter? Would many agree or disagree with Grandpa? Why or why not?

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