Six Degrees of Separation Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. At the end of this section, who does Flan think Ouisa will say is God's name?

3. When does the Kittredge's housekeeper come in?

4. At the beginning of this section, Flan describes a painting by what artist?

5. Which of the following characters tries to leave in the chaos of applying first aid to Paul?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Trent's ultimate plan for Paul?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

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

8. What surprise do the Kittredges have speaking with Larkin and Kitty?

9. Why does Geoffrey call at the end of this section?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The very title of Guare's play indicates that it is concerned in large part with the interconnectedness of our world. Write an essay about the theme of interconnectedness. How does Paul's arrival into the Kittredges' lives draw attention to their place in society? How does this lead Ouisa to consider the six degrees? What connections create this meeting and what new connections does it create?

Essay Topic 2

Ouisa Kittredge emerges as the protagonist of the play by the end. Write an essay analyzing the plot of Guare's play as a personal journey for Ouisa. What does she discover in her evening with Paul? Why is she so driven to find out his origins and where he is, and how does this drive bring her to promise extravagant things to him over the phone? What is Ouisa's state of mind at the end of the play?

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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