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 Geoffrey's wife's name?

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

3. In the hypothetical script Paul describes his father receiving, what is Poitier's character's profession?

4. What ancient food item does Ouisa say is in the freezer when Paul offers to make dinner?

5. Who does Flan stop Geoffrey from calling in this section?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the Kittredges do after they regain their composure?

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

4. How does Paul describe the Kittredge children?

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

6. What is Ouisa's essential fear about the fate of Paul of the play?

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

8. Why does Geoffrey call at the end of this section?

9. How does Dr. Fine deal with Paul's deception?

10. What surprise do the Kittredges have speaking with Larkin and Kitty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paul is an enigmatic figure, and he only becomes more enigmatic as more is revealed about him. Write an essay, charting the transformation of Paul in three parts:

Part 1) How does Paul begin his transformation from street hustler to society man? What does Trent have to show him to transform him into the young man who appears in the Kittredges' house?

Part 2) How does Paul reinvent his life when he meets Rick and Elizabeth in Central Park? Who does he become, and how does he take on the manor-born customs of a Trent Conway to do it?

Part 3) In what state of existence is Paul the last time Ouisa speaks to him? Does he have a distinct persona at this point? How is he different from the Paul first introduced to the audience at the beginning of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about parent-child relationships in Guare's play. What is the recurring motif regarding the parents who are duped in the play and their children? How do these relationships play out onstage? How do these parents regard their children, and how does Paul represent a sort of idealized form of their children?

Essay Topic 3

One of the reasons that everyone in the play takes to Paul so quickly is his contention that he is Sidney Poitier's son. Write an essay about the reaction the various marks have to the thought of Poitier. What does he represent to the Kittredges? Geoffrey? Dr. Fine? Why are they so put at-ease by the thought of him?

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