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 did Paul's muggers take from him in addition to his wallet?

2. Flan is shocked that his son lets Paul call him what?

3. What career did Flan used to hold?

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

5. What word does Ouisa tell Flan not to use in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

2. Describe Paul's entrance.

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

4. How does Paul describe his father?

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

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

7. What is sent to the Kittredges in this section and how do they respond?

8. How do the Kittredges conspire to find Paul at the end of this section?

9. How do Flan and Ouisa know Geoffrey?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of the imagination resonates strongly throughout he play, beginning of course with Paul's "thesis" in the first passages. Write an essay on Guare's understanding of imagination in three parts:

Part 1) Compare Paul's conception of the purpose of imagination in his thesis with what he perceives to be society's new definition of imagination. How are they different? Why does Paul consider the latter reductive?

Paul 2) How doe Ouisa, Flan and Geoffrey react to Paul's thesis on imagination? When Paul appears in Ouisa's imagination later in the play, how does he amend his notion of imagination?

Paul 3) How is what Paul actually does to the families of the play the opposite of his sense of imagination? Is he chipping away at his own personality living in a state of constant deception?

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