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

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

3. Who calls the Kittredges soon after Paul leaves?

4. A painting by what artist hangs above the stage during the play?

5. What does the Hustler do as soon as he enters the scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What promise does Ouisa make Paul in exchange for his agreement to go to the police?

2. How do Flan and Ouisa know Geoffrey?

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

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

5. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

6. How does the Detective respond to the complaints of the Kittredges, Kitty, and Larkin?

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

8. What are the Kittredges doing the night that Paul finally calls them?

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

10. What do the Kittredges do after they regain their composure?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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