You Can't Take It with You Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Grand Duchess Olga do for a living?

2. How does Mr. Kirby feel about Grandpa's philosophizing?

3. According to Grandpa, what should not be squelched?

4. What does Tony want his parents to realize?

5. What is believed about Ed's candy sales?

Essay 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

Gay is an actress.

Part 1) Why has she come to the home? How does she behave while she is there?

Part 2) Why would the Sycamores let such a person into their home? How does this show the beliefs and attitudes of the Sycamores?

Part 3) What is the purpose of this character in the play?

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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