Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes Questions Discussion
Expectations: What do you expect
° from the title? from the first sentence, paragraph, or speech?
° after the first events or interactions of characters? as the conflict is
printed after the title of the play? What do you notice about their names or
any identification of their roles, character types, or relationships?
° Who is/are the protagonist(s)?
° Who is/are the antagonist(s) (villain, opponent, obstacle)?
° Who are the other characters?
° What does each character know at any moment in the action? What does
each character expect at any point? What does the audience know or
expect that is different from what the characters know or expect?
° Do the characters or situations change during the play?
° What are the differences between the beginning, middle, and end of
the play? Is it divided into acts? Would there be an intermission in a
° Can you summarize the plot? Is it a recognizable kind or genre such as
tragedy, comedy, farce, or mystery?
° When does the action occur? Do the stage directions specify a year or
era, a day of the week, a season, a time of day?
° Are there any time changes during the play? Are the scenes in chrono logical order, or are there any scenes that are supposed to take place
earlier or simultaneously? Does the passage of time in the lives of the characters correspond with the passage of time onstage? Or do we under stand that time has passed and events have occurred offstage and between
° Where does it take place? Is it in the United States or another country,
or in a specific town or region? Do the stage directions describe the
scene that an audience would see onstage, and does this remain the
same or change during the play? How many scene changes are there?
° What is the style of the dialogue? Are the sentences and speeches short or
long? Is the vocabulary simple or complex? Do characters ever speak at the
same time, or do they always take turns? Does the play instruct actors to be
silent for periods of time? Which characters speak most often? How might
their speech patterns differ?
° Are there any images or figures of speech?
° What is the tone or mood? Does the play make the reader or audience
feel sad, amused, worried, curious?
° Answers to these big questions may be found in many instances by return ing to your answers to the questions above. The play’s meaning or theme
depends on all its features.
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