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 is the first item in the room that Flan checks in Act 1?

2. At the beginning of Act 1, what aspect of his state of being does Flan repeatedly mention?

3. How does the Hunan Wok misspell its sign?

4. Where do the prospective buyers for Flan's Cezanne live?

5. What does Flan demand of Paul in the scene with the Hustler?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Flan give Paul fifty dollars after Geoffrey leaves?

3. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

4. What does Paul say happened to him in the Park?

5. Describe Paul's entrance.

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

7. Who are Rick and Elizabeth?

8. During the opening moments of the play, what do Ouisa and Flan do onstage?

9. What does Ouisa discover when she wakes Paul in this section?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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