AN APPENDIX is the out-behind-the-barn of a book--or in-the-woodshed or down-in-the-basement, depending upon the society in which you were nurtured. It is the place to stow used lumber and almost discarded oddments. It is also the place to which the family tyrant repairs to discipline recalcitrant or errant youth, whether with strap or assignment of punitive duty. It is also the place for acknowledgment of stolen trifles and revelation of secret sources of information; whispered questions and answers on the nature and meaning of things; suggestions of places to go, things to do, books to read in the fuller experiencing of life--and occasional mischief too, of course, and trial flights of the more serious kind!
Out of sight is not always out of mind. The various materials hidden away here in the Appendix--once you have prowled around amongst them--will be remembered as occasion requires.
First of all, there are NOTES here for each of the five essays and short plays in Part One and for each of the plays with commentaries in Part Two. These are not the usual source notes, the centipedarian notes of the term paper or article of scholarship. They do indicate sources, of course, but are keyed to the essay sections rather than to the pages or the precise point of reference, and are intended to serve the larger purpose of suggesting the pertinent literature.
Second, in the appendix material for each essay and play comes a set of QUERIES. These are by no means exhaustive. They may be useful as the basis for some reflective thought following the reading of the play. Framing answers to them may serve to pattern the characters and action and meaning more clearly, and to fix the drama in mind. Or these queries may prove to be a springboard for group discussion.
Third is a series of SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY for each essay and play. From these the instructor may wish to make class or individual assignments for written or oral reports, or they may well suggest yet other and more original undertakings to enlarge the scope of the course and put into effect the understandings of drama and life that are being developed.