Six Degrees of Separation 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. To what mythological figure does Ouisa compare Geoffrey when she describes him?

2. To what artist's work does Flan compare his children's paintings in the second grade?

3. What negative world does Ouisa repeat over and over throughout the first couple minutes of the play?

4. According to Paul, Sidney Poitier lived for a time in a bus station across the street from what?

5. In the excerpt from Catcher in the Rye that Paul recites, Holden would rather chop off a man's head than what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Trent's ultimate plan for Paul?

2. What new information does the Detective have when he calls Ouisa and Flan?

3. How has Paul's story changed in this section?

4. What story do Larkin and Kitty tell in this section?

5. What do the parents ask their children to do in this section?

6. What was Paul's inspiration for his thesis?

7. How does the Detective respond to the complaints of the Kittredges, Kitty, and Larkin?

8. What mistake does Ouisa make while trying to apply first aid to Paul?

9. What conclusion do the five duped parents reach regarding what they have in common?

10. Why is the dinner with Geoffrey so important to the Kittredges?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Six Degrees of Separation exists in a world of hyper-literate individuals. As such, it is riddled with specific references to art, pop culture, and New York. Write an essay about references and allusions in each of these three realms of thought. Who makes them on a regular basis? How do they flesh out both individual characters and the world of the play as a whole? Do they date the play?

Essay Topic 2

Time and again in this narrative, the question of race in America crops up. Write an essay on the idea of race in the world of this play. Do the Kittredges seem to have any other black acquaintances besides Paul? What realities of black life in America does he bring into their lives? What darker realities about race arise from the polite liberal facade of the parents in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the plot of Six Degrees of Separation involves wealthy members of rarified New York dealing with the other half of society. Write an essay about the Kittredges' interaction with less affluent characters. How do they relate to each other? In what ways do the Kittredges and their friend find dealing in this other world frustrating?

Part 1) The Hustler

Part 2) The Detective

Part 3) Elizabeth

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