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 does Geoffrey say amazes him about New York in his first line?

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

3. At what time does Paul say he has to meet his father?

4. Which of the following is not an ingredient listed in the dish Paul prepares?

5. Who does Paul jokingly say he will test on Catcher in the Rye?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the essence of Paul's thesis?

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

9. Who are Rick and Elizabeth?

10. How does Trent Conway assist Paul in his fraud?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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