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. In this section, Paul mentions attending a film festival with his father in what country?

2. How many workers does Ouisa say Geoffrey has working in one of his mines?

3. At the end of this section, Flan compares not thinking about two million dollars to trying not to think of what animal?

4. What percentage commission does Ouisa theorize Flan is giving Paul?

5. How much money does Flan give Paul for his assistance with Geoffrey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the Kittredges do when Paul tries to leave?

3. What story do Larkin and Kitty tell in this section?

4. What does Sidney Poitier say to Ouisa in her dream?

5. What galling realization do the parents make as they read SIdney Poitier's autobiography?

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

7. Why is the dinner with Geoffrey so important to the Kittredges?

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

9. How does Guare loop time in this first half of the play?

10. What comparison does Geoffrey make regarding New York as he discusses dinner?

Essay 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

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

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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