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. Which of the following is not an ingredient listed in the dish Paul prepares?

2. What twentieth century play does Paul quote in his thesis?

3. What is the first item in the room that Flan checks in Act 1?

4. What is the last thing the Hustler says before leaving the condo?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How has Paul's story changed in this section?

4. What is Ouisa's essential fear about the fate of Paul of the play?

5. How does Trent and Paul's relationship end?

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

7. How does Paul view himself in terms of race in America?

8. What offer does Paul make the Kittredges regarding dinner?

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

10. What does Ouisa discover when she wakes Paul in this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The end of the play is ambiguous in wrapping up many of its plot lines. Write an essay about the final moments of the play, focusing on the fate of Paul. How do the Kittredges fail to find him in the Village, and how does he become lost in the criminal justice system? What does this say about his place in the world and the place of those like him?

Essay Topic 2

Six Degrees of Separation exists in a world of hyper-literate individuals. As such, it is riddled with specific references to art, pop culture, and New York. Write an essay about references and allusions in each of these three realms of thought. Who makes them on a regular basis? How do they flesh out both individual characters and the world of the play as a whole? Do they date the play?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the plot of Six Degrees of Separation involves wealthy members of rarified New York dealing with the other half of society. Write an essay about the Kittredges' interaction with less affluent characters. How do they relate to each other? In what ways do the Kittredges and their friend find dealing in this other world frustrating?

Part 1) The Hustler

Part 2) The Detective

Part 3) Elizabeth

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