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. How much money does the Dean and Deluca customer leave for his purchase in Flan and Ouisa's story?

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

3. Where in New York did the schoolteacher who is the initial subject of Paul's thesis work?

4. Why does Flan need to call his lawyer at the end of this section?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul describe the Kittredge children?

2. What seems to be Paul's fate at the end of the play?

3. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Sidney Poitier say to Ouisa in her dream?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ouisa Kittredge emerges as the protagonist of the play by the end. Write an essay analyzing the plot of Guare's play as a personal journey for Ouisa. What does she discover in her evening with Paul? Why is she so driven to find out his origins and where he is, and how does this drive bring her to promise extravagant things to him over the phone? What is Ouisa's state of mind at the end of the play?

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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