The Matchmaker Topics for Further Study
by Thornton Wilder

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Topics for Further Study

(Drama for Students)

Find a character on television who reminds you of Horace Vandergelder. Explain what the two have in common and what you think each would do if put in the other's place.

A marriage is often thought of as a beginning, though it often comes as a happy ending in comedies. Write a short story that shows what life is like for one of this play's couples a year after they are married.

Vandergelder's shop sells hay in Yonkers in the 1880s, a time when New York City already had elevated trains. Research your town, and report on the period from when the first automobiles arrived through when the last horses left.

Instead of matchmakers, the modern world has dating services. What kind of business would Dolly Levi consider herself to be in today? Design an ad that she might run in the newspaper, on the Internet, or on television to promote her services.

Write an explanation, with illustrations, showing why, in the 1880s, canned tomatoes heated with a match would explode.