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. What denigrating term does Flan use repeated in reference to the Hustler?

2. What does the Hustler do as soon as he enters the scene?

3. Who do Ouisa and Flan address in the first half of this section?

4. Reveling in the dining options in this section, Geoffrey says that New York is the what of the twentieth century?

5. What metaphor does Sidney Poitier use to characterize the two American debates on life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Ouisa's essential fear about the fate of Paul of the play?

3. How do Flan and Ouisa know Geoffrey?

4. What does Sidney Poitier say to Ouisa in her dream?

5. How does Guare loop time in this first half of the play?

6. How is Geoffrey's financial situation strange?

7. What promise does Ouisa make Paul in exchange for his agreement to go to the police?

8. What galling realization do the parents make as they read SIdney Poitier's autobiography?

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

10. How do the two sets of parents in this section try to track down Sidney Poitier?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The very title of Guare's play indicates that it is concerned in large part with the interconnectedness of our world. Write an essay about the theme of interconnectedness. How does Paul's arrival into the Kittredges' lives draw attention to their place in society? How does this lead Ouisa to consider the six degrees? What connections create this meeting and what new connections does it create?

Essay Topic 2

Trent Conway has a smaller but resonant role in Six Degrees of Separation. His decision to take Paul home one night catalyzes the ensuing events that comprise the play. Write an essay about Trent's motivation and catalyzing effect on the play. What does Trent want? Is he accepted by any particular group? How does he see his training of Paul as a solution?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about parent-child relationships in Guare's play. What is the recurring motif regarding the parents who are duped in the play and their children? How do these relationships play out onstage? How do these parents regard their children, and how does Paul represent a sort of idealized form of their children?

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