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 school does the Kittredges' daughter attend?

2. Which of the following is not a reason Flan lists for his clients wanting to deal with him instead of a gallery?

3. What Andrew Lloyd Webber musical does Paul announce his father will be adapting for the screen?

4. What valuable item has Paul lost in the mugging?

5. What negative world does Ouisa repeat over and over throughout the first couple minutes of the play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are Rick and Elizabeth?

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

4. Why does the Detective now have a case against Paul at the end of this section?

5. How do Flan and Ouisa know Geoffrey?

6. How has Paul's story changed in this section?

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

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

9. What event breaks the relative silence after the Trent Conway revelation?

10. What does Ouisa discover when she wakes Paul in this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Paul is something of a sounding board for other people's sense of self. He allows them to see themselves in a better, more idealistic light. Write an essay on Paul's positive interaction with others in three parts:

Part 1) Dr. Fine reconnects with his family and his sense of social good in his meeting with Paul. How does Paul make this possible? How long does this idealism last in the doctor?

Part 2) What is Geoffrey's set understanding of the way of the world at the beginning of the play? How does Paul's visit reinforce Geoffrey's better angels and challenge his sense of complacency?

Part 3) Ouisa is perhaps the most profoundly changed by Paul. In what ways does her one night with him alter her sense of the world? How is she shaken and left discontent by their connection?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Time and again in this narrative, the question of race in America crops up. Write an essay on the idea of race in the world of this play. Do the Kittredges seem to have any other black acquaintances besides Paul? What realities of black life in America does he bring into their lives? What darker realities about race arise from the polite liberal facade of the parents in the play?

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