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. At the end of this section, Ouisa tells Flan that God's name is what?

2. Flan is shocked that his son lets Paul call him what?

3. To what object does Ouisa compare Geoffrey's money in this section?

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

5. What valuable item has Paul lost in the mugging?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Geoffrey's financial situation strange?

2. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

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

4. Why is Flan in awe of his children's second grade teacher?

5. How does Paul view himself in terms of race in America?

6. What is Trent's ultimate plan for Paul?

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

8. What story do Larkin and Kitty tell in this section?

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

10. What is the meaning of the title of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Kandinsky in the Kittredge condo is the central symbolic image of the play. Write an essay about the significance of this image. What theme do its opposite sides symbolize? How does the opposing control and wildness of the painting manifest itself in the action onstage? How do you interpret Paul's cryptic final words?

Essay Topic 3

Time and again in this narrative, the question of race in America crops up. Write an essay on the idea of race in the world of this play. Do the Kittredges seem to have any other black acquaintances besides Paul? What realities of black life in America does he bring into their lives? What darker realities about race arise from the polite liberal facade of the parents in the play?

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