The curtain rises on an empty stage. It is late afternoon November, 1945.
The rooms are dusty, the curtains in rags. Chairs and tables are overturned.
The door at the foot of the small stairwell swings open. Mr. Frank comes up the steps into view. He is a gentle, cultured European in his middle years. There is still a trace of a German accent in his speech.

What do these stage directions reveal about when the opening scene takes place?

It takes place after the Franks have been captured.
It takes place while the Franks are in hiding.
It takes place just as the Franks are going into hiding.
It takes place years before the Franks are captured.

2 Answer

  • It takes place after the Franks have been captured.

    Anne Frank's Family Goes into Hiding. In early July 1942, In Amsterdam. On 4 August 1944, everyone in the Secret Annex is arrested. Including Anne Frank

  • The revelation that the given stage directions reveal regarding the occurrence of the opening scene would be:

    A). It takes place after the Franks have been captured.

    • In the context of the given excerpt, the stage directions like 'rising of the curtain,' 'Mr. Frank entering the view,' etc. helps disclose that the opening scene occurs post the seizure(arrest) of Franks.
    • In the narrative, the family of Anne Frank attempts to hide. However, they are caught in the Secret Annex which involves Frank herself as well.  
    • The description of the state of chairs and tables further substantiates the scenario that the scene takes place after the arrest.

    Thus, option A is the correct answer.

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