HONORS PS1500 - Physics in the Plays of Tom Stoppard
Hapgood, Act 2, Scenes 4 through 7 C Questions for Discussion
On p 579 Hapgood lets something slip about her background. Does she feel guilty about having had a son? Is your opinion consistent with what Hapgood says to Kerner in Act 1, Scene 5, p 542?
Where in Scene 4 does the audience realize that Mrs. Newton is actually Hapgood?
On p 584 Ridley says "I'll get her kid back for her but it's only personal. If she sets me up I'll kill her." On p 556, does it appear that Ridley cares about Joe's life?
On p 584 Hapgood says, "You're all right, Ernest. You're just not her type." This echos Hapgood's line on p 539. But what is Hapgood saying here, and why does she warn Ridley on p 585?
Summarize what happens in Act 2, Scene 6.
Judging from Act 2, Scene 7 on p 592, was Kerner's confession on pp 551 through 555 true? How have Hapgood's and Kerner's circumstances changed? How does the play end?
1. Act 2, Scene 7, pp. 591 - 593 (Two parts: Hapgood and Kerner)
Starts with Hapgood: Joseph ... You came to say hello?
Ends with Hapgood: Shove!
Return to Honors PS1500 home page
Last modified: Sunday, April 22, 2007 07:57 PM