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In what state is Grover's Corner?
Who are the Webb children?
Emily and Wally
Who are the Gibbs children?
George and Rebecca
What is Mr. Webb's profession?
What is Mr. Gibb's profession?
What does George want to be when he grows up?
What is Mr. Willard's profession?
What is Simon Stimson's profession?
What is Mr. Morgan's profession?
What is Mr. Warren's profession?
What is the name of the street in downtown Grover's Corners?
What building is named after Dr. Gibbs?
How did Joe Crowell die?
Killed in WWI
What is the name of the milkman's horse?
When the play starts, what has just happened in Grover's Corner?
Twins were born
What is on stage when the audience enters?
Nothing (I guess this is like as they are coming in before anything happens, like not at the start of the play but when they are walking across?)
What does George ask for at breakfast on the first day?
a raise in his allowance
What does Emily talk about at breakfast?
Her good grades
What did the men from Boston offer Mrs. Gibbs?
To buy her dresser
What is Dr. Gibb's hobby?
Civil War history
Where does Mrs. Gibbs want to go?
Why won't Dr. Gibb's take a trip?
Might make him discontent with home
What does George ask Emily while they are walking home from school?
If she would help him with his homework
Which item is included in the Grover's Corner time capsule?
A written copy of "Our Town"
What distracts Emily while she is doing her homework?
How many days are represented in this play?
2 partial days (flashbacks) and 3 full days
In what year does the play begin?
What does the play's set look like at the beginning of act I?
The stage is bare except for 2 tables, some chairs, a bench, and 2 trellises
As the play begins, where has Dr. Gibbs been?
Delivering twin babies
Which characters does the Stage Manager bring out to tell the audience about the town? (Hint: there are 2)
Professor Willard and Mr. Webb
Who is the Lady in the Box?
An actress placed in the audience
Which of the following does NOT get deposited in the time capsule: copy of "Our Town," copy of the Bible, picture of Stage Manager, or issue of "The Sentinel"?
Picture of Stage Manager
What does George want to do after high school?
Take over his uncle's farm
From what affliction does the choirmaster suffer?
What is the name of the hymn that the choir sings several times during the play?
"Blessed Be the Tie That Binds"
What is the weather like at the beginning of Act II?
It is raining
Who gets married in Act II?
George and Emily
What sport does George play in high school?
During the flashback in Act II, where does George take Emily after she accuses him of being stuck up?
To get an ice-cream soda
Who gets nervous before the wedding?
Both George and Emily
Who acts as the minister at the wedding?
The Stage Manager
What is Sam Craig's relationship to Emily?
He is her cousin
What is the cause of Emily's death?
Complications during childbirth
What day from her earthly life does Emily decide to revisit?
Her twelfth birthday
What happens when Emily goes back and relives the past?
She is unable to bear it and returns to the cemetery
Who leads Emily back to the cemetery?
The Stage Manager
Who comes and lays prostrate beside Emily's grave at the end of the play?
What is the Stage Manager's final action?
He winds his watch
What year was the play first released/performed?
Which award did this play win?
Who is the author of this play?
What are the four main unconventional elements of this play?
scenery, props, perspective, setting
How were the props unconventional in this play?
There were none (other than a few chairs, a bench, 2 tables, and 2 trellises); the idea of minimalism was streamlined through culture
What is unconventional about the perspective this play??
Given by the Stage Manager rather than individual characters-he provides context and opinions
What is unconventional about the setting of this play?
Act III takes place in a grave, then in the past, then back in the grave
What are the three conventional elements of the play?
The plot line, the stock characters, the theme
What is special about the plot line of the play?
If it seems like there is nothing else there, you are forced to watch and pay attention to the characters; the people are very conventional
Who are the two stock characters of the play?
George and Emily
Describe why George is considered a "conventional stock character" in this play.
Very stereotypical American boy; plays baseball, wants to grow up to be a farmer; does not like responsibility or chores
Describe why Emily is considered a "conventional stock character" in this play.
Smarter than the boys; self-centered; main concern with her mother in act I is "am I pretty?"
What is the theme of the play?
never really gets around to talking about anything substantial
Who says the quote "Very ordinary town...", and to what is this character referring?
Editor Webb; life in Grover's Corner
Who says the quote "Most people climb into their grave married", and to what is this character referring?
Stage Manager; marriage
Who says the quote "Do I believe in it? I don't know...", and to what is this character referring?
Stage Manager acting as the Minister; marriage
Who says the quote "It goes by so fast we don't have time to look at one another", and to what is this character referring?
Emily; making human connections
Who says the quote "They don't know, do they?", and to what is this character referring?
Emily, about living people missing out on life
What time frame is this play set in?
Describe the Stage Manager, according to the handout.
Chorus who explains and comments upon the action and the characters as the play unfolds
Describe Emily, according to the handout.
Young girl who grew up in Grover's Corners; sweet; works hard in school; tries to be cheerful; falls in love with town's best baseball player; dies in childbirth while young and shyly takes place among relatives and friends in graveyard; tries to relive 12th birthday but realizes it provides no joy and that the dead can only pity the living who do not know what joy they have in life
Describe George, according to the handout.
Typical young American boy who loves baseball; gives up college to marry Emily whom he dearly loves; when his wife dies he is filled with grief and goes to sob at her grave; does not realize she pities him for not valuing the life he still enjoys
Describe Dr. Gibb's, according to the handout.
Local physician; George's dad; shocked to find out George wants to get married and become a farmer; finally realizes George is no longer a child, anymore than when he got married; hardworking man; hobby is American Civil War; idea of vacation is an excursion to some battlefield of that conflict
Describe Mrs. Gibbs, according to the handout.
George's mother; hardworking woman who loves her family, even if she doesn't always understand them; has found joy in her marriage and hopes her son will find joy in his
Describe Mr. Webb, according to the handout.
Emily's father; editor-publisher of local newspaper; writes editorials every day but is unable to advise his son-in-law on marriage, though he tries
Describe Mrs. Webb, according to handout.
Emily's mother; good-hearted woman; unable to give her daughter advice on marriage (on her wedding day) though she had meant to do so
Describe Simon Stimson, according to the handout.
Local choir director; alcoholic because he cannot find happiness in the small town; even in death (after suicide), believes life is ignorance and folly
What is the "thread upon which the plot is strung"?
George and Emily's love story
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