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. According to Flan in this section, Geoffrey has recently sold a print by what modern artist?

2. How long is the hall in the Kittredge house?

3. How much money does Flan need to convince Geoffrey to loan him at the beginning of Act 1?

4. In this section, how much of an overcall does Geoffrey tell Flan he is willing to pay for the Cezanne?

5. What taciturn promise does Paul make the Kittredges and Geoffrey before the latter leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the parents ask their children to do in this section?

2. How is Geoffrey's financial situation strange?

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

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

5. How does Kitty, Larkin, and the Kittredge's meeting with their children go in this section?

6. How does Paul explain the naked man to Flan and Ouisa?

7. What story do Flan and Ouisa send the New York Times?

8. How does Paul view himself in terms of race in America?

9. How does Paul describe his father?

10. How do the two sets of parents in this section try to track down Sidney Poitier?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the plot of Six Degrees of Separation involves wealthy members of rarified New York dealing with the other half of society. Write an essay about the Kittredges' interaction with less affluent characters. How do they relate to each other? In what ways do the Kittredges and their friend find dealing in this other world frustrating?

Part 1) The Hustler

Part 2) The Detective

Part 3) Elizabeth

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Paul's deceptions throughout the play are met with a combination of incredulity, rage, and sadness. Write an essay about the reaction characters have to Paul's crimes, in three parts:

Part 1) What does Dr. Fine think he is achieving in offering Paul the use of his brownstone? What emotions and social attitudes does the realization of Paul's betrayal evoke in Fine?

Part 2) Why does Flan react so vehemently against Paul and never waver thereafter? What does he think Paul's motivation is in lying to them?

Part 3) Why do the parents become obsessed with discovering the truth behind Paul's deception? Why do they go as far as publishing their story in the New York Times.

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