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

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 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

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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