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. Which of the following is not a reason Flan lists for his clients wanting to deal with him instead of a gallery?

2. At the end of this section, who does Flan think Ouisa will say is God's name?

3. When does the Kittredge's housekeeper come in?

4. At the beginning of this section, Flan describes a painting by what artist?

5. Which of the following characters tries to leave in the chaos of applying first aid to Paul?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the meaning of the title of the play?

3. How does Paul describe his father in this section?

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

5. What information has Flan been keeping from Ouisa that he tells her at the end of this section?

6. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

7. How does Dr. Fine deal with Paul's deception?

8. What surprise do the Kittredges have speaking with Larkin and Kitty?

9. Why does Geoffrey call at the end of this section?

10. How does Flan respond to Paul's calling Ouisa?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the reasons that everyone in the play takes to Paul so quickly is his contention that he is Sidney Poitier's son. Write an essay about the reaction the various marks have to the thought of Poitier. What does he represent to the Kittredges? Geoffrey? Dr. Fine? Why are they so put at-ease by the thought of him?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the character of Paul. Focus on his objectives as a character. What does he want out of life, and why does lying his way into affluent homes and assuming a false identity help achieve it? What do the Kittredges offer him that the other families do not? Do you think that his objective reveals some psychological scar?

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