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. When Paul enters the scene, where does he announce that he attends school with the Kittredges' daughter?

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

3. What twentieth century play does Paul quote in his thesis?

4. According to Flan in this section, Geoffrey has recently sold a print by what modern artist?

5. At what time does Ouisa wake up the night after the dinner with Paul?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Trent and Paul's relationship end?

3. What is Flan's attitude toward the art he sells?

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

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

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

7. What does Paul say happened to him in the Park?

8. Describe Paul's entrance.

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

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

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

Paul is an enigmatic figure, and he only becomes more enigmatic as more is revealed about him. Write an essay, charting the transformation of Paul in three parts:

Part 1) How does Paul begin his transformation from street hustler to society man? What does Trent have to show him to transform him into the young man who appears in the Kittredges' house?

Part 2) How does Paul reinvent his life when he meets Rick and Elizabeth in Central Park? Who does he become, and how does he take on the manor-born customs of a Trent Conway to do it?

Part 3) In what state of existence is Paul the last time Ouisa speaks to him? Does he have a distinct persona at this point? How is he different from the Paul first introduced to the audience at the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, Paul is something of a sounding board for other people's sense of self. He allows them to see themselves in a better, more idealistic light. Write an essay on Paul's positive interaction with others in three parts:

Part 1) Dr. Fine reconnects with his family and his sense of social good in his meeting with Paul. How does Paul make this possible? How long does this idealism last in the doctor?

Part 2) What is Geoffrey's set understanding of the way of the world at the beginning of the play? How does Paul's visit reinforce Geoffrey's better angels and challenge his sense of complacency?

Part 3) Ouisa is perhaps the most profoundly changed by Paul. In what ways does her one night with him alter her sense of the world? How is she shaken and left discontent by their connection?

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