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. Where do the prospective buyers for Flan's Cezanne live?

2. From what musical is the song that Ouisa wants to sing as she leans against a barricade?

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

4. How does the Hunan Wok misspell its sign?

5. In what city was Sidney Poitier born?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul succeed in taking Rick and Elizabeth's money?

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

3. How does Paul describe the Kittredge children?

4. What new film project does Paul describe in this section?

5. What do the Kittredges do after they regain their composure?

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

7. During the opening moments of the play, what do Ouisa and Flan do onstage?

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

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

10. What are the Kittredges doing the night that Paul finally calls them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

The story of this play is told almost entirely by the Kittredges. Write an essay detailing what you think they intend to impress upon the listener about their role in the story. How do they view themselves? Do they think that they have made mistakes in the course of events? What ultimately do they realize about themselves as they relive the events of the play?

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