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A Journey to "Our Town"
"Test your knowledge about one of the most frequently performed and studied of American plays: Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning "Our Town.""
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In what year did Thornton Wilder write "Our Town"?
Which two of Wilder's unconventional dramatic devices may be seen at the very beginning of "Our Town"?
Ornate period costumes and actors in the audience
No music or special lighting
The Stage Manager as narrator, and no props or set decoration
Special sound effects and the Stage Manager as narrator
On what date is Act I set?
An undisclosed date in the summer of 1913
September 27, 1902
April 22, 1900
May 7, 1901
What is the name of "Our Town"?
Grover's Corners, New Hampshire
Dublin, New Hampshire
Frank Gibbs is one of the town's most respected citizens. What is his occupation?
The Webb family lives next door to the Gibbs'. What is Charles Webb's occupation?
What are the names of the Gibbs' and Webbs' oldest children?
Rebecca Gibbs and Wally Webb
George Webb and Myrtle Gibbs
James Webb and Mary Gibbs
George Gibbs and Emily Webb
In Act II, how many years have elapsed since the events of Act I?
none; Act II takes place later the same year
In Act II, why is Emily angry with George?
He doesn't really speak to anyone anymore
He spends all his time playing baseball
All of these
He's gotten all stuck up and conceited
In Act II, George tells Emily he's decided not to go to agriculture school. Where does this conversation take place?
at Mr. Morgan's drug store
underneath the big butternut tree
at the wall outside of the school
in the Congregational church
In Act II, the Stage Manager also plays the role of two other significant characters. Who are they?
The Minister and Fred Hersey
Mr. Morgan and the Minister
Mr. Morgan and Constable Warren
Mrs. Forrest and Mr. Morgan
At the beginning of Act III, the Stage Manager takes us to a windy hilltop. What may be found on this hilltop?
a big butternut tree
the Baptist church
the town's cemetery
a Civil War monument
As Act III opens, nine years have gone by. What is one of the many important changes to have occurred in Grover's Corners?
George and Emily have gotten married and moved out of state
Everybody's locking their house doors at night now
Frank Gibbs has died
A series of burglaries have disturbed the townspeople
In Act III, we learn that one of the play's major characters has died. Who is it?
The Stage Manager
What is the great lesson that Emily learns in Act III?
There is something eternal in every human being
Mrs. Soames enjoyed Emily's wedding
The earth is too wonderful for anyone living to fully realize it
The dead don't stay interested in the living for very long
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Compiled Jun 28 12