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Take this simple quiz on Act II of Wilder's classic play - see how well you remember its details.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    According to the Stage Manager, the topic of Act II is

    • A.

      Daily Life

    • B.

      Love And Marriage

    • C.

      Death

    • D.

      Redemption

    • E.

      The Meaning of Life

    Correct Answer
    B. Love And Marriage
    Explanation
    See the stage manager's speech that opens the act.

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  • 2. 

    What newly-developed quality in George does Emily find so distressing that she tells him about it?

    • A.

      He is lazy.

    • B.

      He is stupid.

    • C.

      He is rude.

    • D.

      He is stuck up.

    • E.

      He is dishonest.

    Correct Answer
    D. He is stuck up.
    Explanation
    Emily says this to George while they are at the soda fountain.

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  • 3. 

    To what old superstition does Mrs. Webb allude in Act II?

    • A.

      The groom cannot see a bride before a wedding.

    • B.

      Carrying a rabbit's foot for good luck.

    • C.

      Avoiding black cats.

    • D.

      The bride throwing the bouquet.

    • E.

      Never walking under a ladder.

    Correct Answer
    A. The groom cannot see a bride before a wedding.
    Explanation
    In the text.

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  • 4. 

    Which character says that she always cries at weddings?

    • A.

      Mrs. Webb

    • B.

      Mrs Gibbs

    • C.

      Mrs. Soames

    • D.

      Emily

    • E.

      Rebecca

    Correct Answer
    C. Mrs. Soames
    Explanation
    This becomes important again in Act III.

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  • 5. 

    Who seems to be having cold feet right before the wedding?

    • A.

      George

    • B.

      Emily

    • C.

      Mr. Webb

    • D.

      Doc Gibbs

    • E.

      George and Emily

    Correct Answer
    E. George and Emily
    Explanation
    Part of what the Stage Manager refers to as the many and complex feelings that a wedding creates.

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  • 6. 

    The Stage Manager talks about "the real hero of the scene" - who is that?

    • A.

      Howie Newsome

    • B.

      The baby who will be born to the newlyweds

    • C.

      Mr. Webb

    • D.

      Doc Gibbs

    • E.

      Mrs. Webb

    Correct Answer
    B. The baby who will be born to the newlyweds
    Explanation
    The Stage Manager's point is that part of the reason for love and marriage is the continuation of the human race - hence, George and Emily's as yet unborn children are the "heroes."

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  • 7. 

    In his moments of panic in the days before the wedding, what does George say he would rather do than get married?

    • A.

      Go to Agricultural College

    • B.

      Play baseball

    • C.

      Travel the world and see the sights

    • D.

      Play the field and date around

    • E.

      Join the Marines.

    Correct Answer
    B. Play baseball
    Explanation
    Baseball throughout Act I and II - or rather George's devotion to it - symbolizes both his childhood innocence but also his lack of maturity - his need to grow and be more responsible.

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