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. Where does Tony attend college?

2. What do the family members think of Tony?

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

4. What genre of play is "You Can't Take It With You?"

5. Why might Tony feel the way he does about the Sycamore family?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What unexpected event takes place? How does all the activity prior to this event add to the shock and humor of this event?

4. What does Grandpa do right before dinner? Why does he say this? What might this foreshadow?

5. How does this scene open? How does this continue to reflect the Sycamore family's quirkiness?

6. Why does Alice relent?

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

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

9. What strangers arrive after the Kirbys? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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