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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. Who has come for dinner with the Sycamore family?

3. What does Alice Sycamore do for a living?

4. Why is Essie Carmichael making candy?

5. Why is Mr. Henderson at the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does this scenario about Alice's love for her unique family mirror?

2. What have Paul Sycamore and Mr. DePinna been doing? Why is this odd?

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

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

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

6. How is Alice different from the rest of the family? Describe the interaction between Alice and the rest of the family.

7. 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?

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

9. How does the play open? What does the audience member and reader learn about the family from the set?

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

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

Mr. Kolenkhov brings a guest.

Part 1) Who is the guest and why has he brought her?

Part 2) Why does the author include this character in the play?

Part 3) Based on this character, what must life have been like for immigrants during the 1930s?

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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