Six Degrees of Separation Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which of the following is not a reason Flan lists for his clients wanting to deal with him instead of a gallery?

2. At the end of this section, who does Flan think Ouisa will say is God's name?

3. When does the Kittredge's housekeeper come in?

4. At the beginning of this section, Flan describes a painting by what artist?

5. Which of the following characters tries to leave in the chaos of applying first aid to Paul?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Paul describe his father in this section?

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

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

6. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

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

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

9. Why does Geoffrey call at the end of this section?

10. How does Flan respond to Paul's calling Ouisa?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Paul. Focus on his objectives as a character. What does he want out of life, and why does lying his way into affluent homes and assuming a false identity help achieve it? What do the Kittredges offer him that the other families do not? Do you think that his objective reveals some psychological scar?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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