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. According to Paul, on the shooting of what movie did Sidney Poitier meet his second wife?

2. At the end of this section, Flan compares not thinking about two million dollars to trying not to think of what animal?

3. To what mythological figure does Ouisa compare Geoffrey when she describes him?

4. Where on his body has Paul been stabbed when he enters the Kittredges'?

5. Where does Ouisa speak to to Sidney Poitier in her dream?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Flan give Paul fifty dollars after Geoffrey leaves?

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

3. What seems to be Paul's fate at the end of the play?

4. What do the Kittredges do when Paul tries to leave?

5. How does Kitty, Larkin, and the Kittredge's meeting with their children go in this section?

6. Why does the Detective now have a case against Paul at the end of this section?

7. Describe Flan and Ouisa at the beginning of the play.

8. What offer does Paul make the Kittredges regarding dinner?

9. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

10. What comparison does Geoffrey make regarding New York as he discusses dinner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, Flanders Kittredge refers to himself as a gambler and an artist. He alternately speaks in praise of money and beauty, but he seems most enamored of his own reputation.

Write an essay on the topic of Flan's conflicted and ultimately incomplete soul. What is his primary objective throughout the play? Why is he so intent on finding Paul? How does he truly view himself, and how does that make him incompatible with Ouisa?

Essay Topic 3

The story of Six Degrees of Separation is related to the audience int he manner of a cocktail party anecdote. Write an essay on the role of the anecdote throughout the play:

Part 1) How is the story of the Kittredges' night with Geoffrey the central anecdote of the play? To what extent does the rest of the play stem from Ouisa and Flan's attempt to fully explain this anecdote?

Part 2) The story of Rick's suicide is the one major anecdote of the play not related by the Kittredges. How do Kitty and Larkin frame the story of this most harrowing of plot points? In what way does the anecdote intentionally fall flat at the end?

Part 3) What is Ouisa's complaint about the anecdote at the end of the play? How has she reached a point in her life where the anecdote is a sickening item to her? To what extent does she reject the frame of the play at the end?

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