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 is the last thing the Hustler says before leaving the condo?

2. How long is the hall in the Kittredge house?

3. What does Ouisa initially fear the Hustler may have?

4. Where does Ouisa speak to to Sidney Poitier in her dream?

5. In what city were the Kittredges living when they met Geoffrey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the dish that Paul prepares.

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

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

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

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

6. During the opening moments of the play, what do Ouisa and Flan do onstage?

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

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

9. Describe the humorous comparison Ouisa makes regarding Geoffrey's wealth.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The Kandinsky in the Kittredge condo is the central symbolic image of the play. Write an essay about the significance of this image. What theme do its opposite sides symbolize? How does the opposing control and wildness of the painting manifest itself in the action onstage? How do you interpret Paul's cryptic final words?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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