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. Why does Tony make this decision?

2. What does the family have for the guest(s)?

3. Who is the Grand Duchess Olga?

4. Why does Penny initiate a word game?

5. What do Ed and Donald do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ed is followed by a strange man.

Part 1) Who is this man? Why is he following Ed?

Part 2) How could audience members at the time this play is written relate to this?

Part 3) What role does this man play in the chaos and humiliation of the Kirbys towards the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The play is written in 1936.

Part 1) What is significant about this time period in United States' history?

Part 2) How does this play relate to this time period and audiences of 1936?

Part 3) Describe American life in 1936, based on the families in this play.

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