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

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

The story of Six Degrees of Separation is related to the audience int he manner of a cocktail party anecdote. Write an essay on the role of the anecdote throughout the play:

Part 1) How is the story of the Kittredges' night with Geoffrey the central anecdote of the play? To what extent does the rest of the play stem from Ouisa and Flan's attempt to fully explain this anecdote?

Part 2) The story of Rick's suicide is the one major anecdote of the play not related by the Kittredges. How do Kitty and Larkin frame the story of this most harrowing of plot points? In what way does the anecdote intentionally fall flat at the end?

Part 3) What is Ouisa's complaint about the anecdote at the end of the play? How has she reached a point in her life where the anecdote is a sickening item to her? To what extent does she reject the frame of the play at the end?

Paul has a strange relationship with sex. Though clearly a homosexual by orientation, he does not pursue sex in the same way other people do. Write an essay on Paul's relationship with sex in two parts:

Part 1) Why does Paul have sex with Rick after their dance in the Rainbow room? Is sex a pleasure for him or a weapon? Does Paul think about how the experience will affect Rick when he propositions him?

Part 2) How does Paul explain his decision to bring a prostitute to the Kittredges' condo? Do either Ouisa or Flan understand his reasoning? How does the reasoning also explain why he will not have sex in prison?

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