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 is Alice preparing to do?

2. What happens to Mrs. Kirby?

3. After Grandpa's philosophizing, what does Mr. Kirby decide to do?

4. What is not appropriate about what Ed and Donald do?

5. What is immediately clear upon the arrival of the unexpected guest(s)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ton's parents arrive a day early to dinner.

Part 1) Why? What is Alice's reaction?

Part 2) How does the family try to make the best of the situation? Are they successful? Why or why not?

Part 3) Is their arrival disastrous for the other characters? Does their early arrival weaken or strengthen the family? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The play takes place in Grandpa Vanderhof's livingroom.

Part 1) How does the play open?

Part 2) How does the audience or reader learn about each character? Is this an effective introduction to each character? Why or why not?

Part 3) Why might the playwrights have introduced them in this way?

Essay Topic 3

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby are Tony's parents.

Part 1) Describe Mr. and Mrs. Kirby.

Part 2) How do they react to Alice's family?

Part 3) How does the commotion and chaos taking place as they enter affect their reaction? What is the purpose of all of this going on as the Kirbys arrive? How does this affect the audience?

Part 4) How do the Kirbys change by the end of the play? Why do the playwrights have them change? How does this express their views of family dynamics and the acceptance of others?

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