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. When Paul enters the scene, where does he announce that he attends school with the Kittredges' daughter?

2. What request does Paul make of the Kittredges before leaving?

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

4. To what artist's work does Flan compare his children's paintings in the second grade?

5. What career did Flan used to hold?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Flan and Ouisa at the beginning of the play.

2. Why does Flan repeatedly try to silence his wife's narration throughout this section?

3. What is Flan's attitude toward the art he sells?

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

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

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

7. How does Paul describe his father in this section?

8. How does Trent and Paul's relationship end?

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

10. How does Paul describe his father?

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

Throughout the play, several couples come into contact with Paul and are affected by the experience in profoundly different ways. Write an essay about these different relationships. How do they come into contact with Paul? What does he give them and what does he take away? How are they forced to reassess their ideas of self, love, family?

Part 1) Larkin and Kitty

Part 2) Elizabeth and Rick

Part 3) Ouisa and Flan

Essay Topic 3

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?

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