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. In what city was Sidney Poitier born?

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

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

4. What event do the Kittredges have to attend in the morning?

5. Where on his body has Paul been stabbed when he enters the Kittredges'?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

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

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

5. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

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

7. What promise does Ouisa make Paul in exchange for his agreement to go to the police?

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

9. What mistake does Ouisa make while trying to apply first aid to Paul?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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