Sam Shepard: True West (1980)

      1. Why does Shepard insist that the stage should be 'realistic'?
      2. What does the sound effect--crickets sound and coyotes' yawls function in the play?
      3. Trace the myth of the West in the play.
      4. What do the brothers--Austin and Lee represent? Contrast and compare their character.
      5. What does the entrance of their mother near the end of the play do to Austin and Lee?
      6. What do the toasters and TV sets function in the play?
      7. How is the play about America and pop culture?
      8. What do you think about the ending?

      9. Explain the significance of the title: True West.