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. When Flan mentions that Geoffrey is from South Africa, Ouisa needles him for sounding how?

2. When does the Kittredge's housekeeper come in?

3. Which of the following would-be presidential assassins is mentioned in Paul's thesis?

4. As Ouisa considers the idea of being murdered in her sleep, what does she wonder aloud?

5. Who does Paul jokingly say he will test on Catcher in the Rye?

Short Essay Questions

1. What mistake does Ouisa make while trying to apply first aid to Paul?

2. What conclusion do the five duped parents reach regarding what they have in common?

3. Describe the accusations Doug hurls at his father?

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

5. What promise does Ouisa make Paul in exchange for his agreement to go to the police?

6. How does Paul describe the Kittredge children?

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

8. Describe Paul's entrance.

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

10. How do the Kittredges conspire to find Paul at the end of this section?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ouisa Kittredge emerges as the protagonist of the play by the end. Write an essay analyzing the plot of Guare's play as a personal journey for Ouisa. What does she discover in her evening with Paul? Why is she so driven to find out his origins and where he is, and how does this drive bring her to promise extravagant things to him over the phone? What is Ouisa's state of mind at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The idea of the imagination resonates strongly throughout he play, beginning of course with Paul's "thesis" in the first passages. Write an essay on Guare's understanding of imagination in three parts:

Part 1) Compare Paul's conception of the purpose of imagination in his thesis with what he perceives to be society's new definition of imagination. How are they different? Why does Paul consider the latter reductive?

Paul 2) How doe Ouisa, Flan and Geoffrey react to Paul's thesis on imagination? When Paul appears in Ouisa's imagination later in the play, how does he amend his notion of imagination?

Paul 3) How is what Paul actually does to the families of the play the opposite of his sense of imagination? Is he chipping away at his own personality living in a state of constant deception?

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