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. In this section, how much of an overcall does Geoffrey tell Flan he is willing to pay for the Cezanne?

2. Who calls the Kittredges soon after Paul leaves?

3. From what musical is the song that Ouisa wants to sing as she leans against a barricade?

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

5. What did Paul's muggers take from him in addition to his wallet?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the two sets of parents in this section try to track down Sidney Poitier?

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

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

4. How do Flan and Ouisa know Geoffrey?

5. Why does Flan give Paul fifty dollars after Geoffrey leaves?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Flan repeatedly try to silence his wife's narration throughout 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

Throughout the play, Flanders Kittredge refers to himself as a gambler and an artist. He alternately speaks in praise of money and beauty, but he seems most enamored of his own reputation.

Write an essay on the topic of Flan's conflicted and ultimately incomplete soul. What is his primary objective throughout the play? Why is he so intent on finding Paul? How does he truly view himself, and how does that make him incompatible with Ouisa?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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