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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 Danny feel that Deborah is doing to him?

2. To what does Bernie compare the less fit girl at the beach?

3. What is the one thing Deborah really wants Danny to talk to her about?

4. When Danny meets Joan at her and Deborah's apartment, how does she behave toward him?

5. When the woman ignores Bernie and Danny after they say hello, what do they think is wrong with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sexual problem did Joan have with her previous boyfriend?

2. What sex advice does Bernie give Danny after meeting Deborah?

3. When Danny gets angry and kicks the elevator, what advice does Bernie give him?

4. What is Joan's reaction to Deborah's new relationship?

5. What does Joan do when she discovers the children playing doctor?

6. What, in Act 2, do Joan and Deborah agree on about men?

7. After Bernie realizes Danny is serious about Deborah, what warning does he give?

8. What is Bernie's explanation for what constitutes a "pro"?

9. As Danny helps Deborah move out of her apartment, how does Joan behave?

10. What two words did Deborah's mother mishear during Deborah's childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During a fight with Deborah, Danny claims he does not mind physical violence but cannot abide emotional violence. What insight does this gives about Danny's character? Examine scene twenty-eight where the argument occurs. What is Deborah's complaint against Danny? What is Danny ultimately unable to bring to their relationship? How, again, does each character attempt to gain the power back in the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

In Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Danny and Bernie's friendship changes throughout the play. What happens? How does it change and why? At the end of the play are they back where they once were, or are things irrevocably different? Who is the dominant person in the relationship and why? What do Danny and Bernie have in common? How and why are they different? What are their attitudes toward women? Be sure to examine Bernie's behavior after he realizes Danny is serious about Deborah. How does Bernie make is opinions about Deborah clear? Does he dislike Deborah specifically, or is he against serious relationships with women in general?

Essay Topic 3

Write a character study of Bernie Litko in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Is Bernie a static character or a dynamic character, i.e., does he stay the same throughout the play or does he change? Did your opinion of Bernie change throughout the play? Why or why not? Describe aspects of Bernie's personality. What drives him through life? How may the childhood molestation have affected his behavior as an adult? How does he feel about women? Organize your thoughts into sections and devote at least one paragraph to each point.

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