EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell Sample questions 1. In Act I, Scene 5 Rita talks about the importance to her of „choice. How does the writer present the idea of „choice‟ dramatically throughout the play? 2. When Rita returns from summer school, there is a changed atmosphere in the relationship between herself and Frank. How does the writer achieve this sense of change? 3. At one point, Rita says to Frank “… you‟d rather see me as the peasant I once was…I don‟t need you.” Does Rita need Frank? 4. Rita‟s style of speech reflects her social background and her upbringing. Explain how. 5. In a play with such a small cast and with only one setting, how does the writer create and sustain the audience‟s attention, suspense and interest? 5. Do you consider Willy Russell – the writer of Educating Rita - to be optimistic or pessimistic about the value as well as the effects of education?