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 twentieth century play does Paul quote in his thesis?

2. What is Geoffrey's wife's name?

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

4. Where do the prospective buyers for Flan's Cezanne live?

5. Which of the following is not a reason Flan lists for his clients wanting to deal with him instead of a gallery?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What new film project does Paul describe in this section?

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

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

6. How does Ouisa lose Paul?

7. How does Kitty, Larkin, and the Kittredge's meeting with their children go in this section?

8. What new information does the Detective have when he calls Ouisa and Flan?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trent Conway has a smaller but resonant role in Six Degrees of Separation. His decision to take Paul home one night catalyzes the ensuing events that comprise the play. Write an essay about Trent's motivation and catalyzing effect on the play. What does Trent want? Is he accepted by any particular group? How does he see his training of Paul as a solution?

Essay Topic 2

Time and again in this narrative, the question of race in America crops up. Write an essay on the idea of race in the world of this play. Do the Kittredges seem to have any other black acquaintances besides Paul? What realities of black life in America does he bring into their lives? What darker realities about race arise from the polite liberal facade of the parents in the play?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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