The Boys in the Band Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Donald do after Cowboy finishes singing?

2. How was the play perceived at its introduction in 1969?

3. Who does Alan think is the birthday boy?

4. Who are the people in the story?

5. Why is Emory annoyed at Cowboy?

Short Essay Questions

1. From what does Donald suffer and how does it impact his life?

2. Describe Emory's turn at playing Affairs of the Heart.

3. What interrupts the conversation between Michael and Donald?

4. Who is the first man in the group to play Affairs of the Heart and what is the outcome?

5. How does the play open?

6. Does Michael think it is possible that Justin may have lied about Alan's sexuality?

7. What is the game the men decide to play and what are the rules?

8. Explain the symbolism of Michael's apartment.

9. Who is Cowboy and why is he at the party tonight?

10. What seems to brighten Donald's glum mood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1960s. Compare and contrast homosexuality in America during the 1960s to homosexuality in America today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?

Essay Topic 2

Michael's apartment almost becomes a character in the book because it plays such an important role in the story. Explain how an inanimate object can be a character in a story and how the house "interacted" with the "other" characters. Cite three examples to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Alan. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Alan?

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