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 metaphor does Sidney Poitier use to characterize the two American debates on life?

2. What French film does Flan reference while mocking Ouisa about South Africa in this section?

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

4. What school does the Kittredges' daughter attend?

5. What color is the shirt that the Kittredges give to Paul?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Paul's inspiration for his thesis?

2. What conclusion do the five duped parents reach regarding what they have in common?

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

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

5. Why does Flan repeatedly try to silence his wife's narration throughout this section?

6. How does Ouisa lose Paul?

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

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

9. What new film project does Paul describe in this section?

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

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

Paul's deceptions throughout the play are met with a combination of incredulity, rage, and sadness. Write an essay about the reaction characters have to Paul's crimes, in three parts:

Part 1) What does Dr. Fine think he is achieving in offering Paul the use of his brownstone? What emotions and social attitudes does the realization of Paul's betrayal evoke in Fine?

Part 2) Why does Flan react so vehemently against Paul and never waver thereafter? What does he think Paul's motivation is in lying to them?

Part 3) Why do the parents become obsessed with discovering the truth behind Paul's deception? Why do they go as far as publishing their story in the New York Times.

Essay Topic 3

Much of the plot of Six Degrees of Separation involves wealthy members of rarified New York dealing with the other half of society. Write an essay about the Kittredges' interaction with less affluent characters. How do they relate to each other? In what ways do the Kittredges and their friend find dealing in this other world frustrating?

Part 1) The Hustler

Part 2) The Detective

Part 3) Elizabeth

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