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. At what time does Paul say he has to meet his father?

2. What event do the Kittredges have to attend in the morning?

3. At the beginning of this section, Flan describes a painting by what artist?

4. Reveling in the dining options in this section, Geoffrey says that New York is the what of the twentieth century?

5. How much money does the Dean and Deluca customer leave for his purchase in Flan and Ouisa's story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Trent's ultimate plan for Paul?

5. What event breaks the relative silence after the Trent Conway revelation?

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

7. Why does Flan repeatedly try to silence his wife's narration throughout this section?

8. How does the Detective respond to the complaints of the Kittredges, Kitty, and Larkin?

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

10. Why does the Detective now have a case against Paul at the end of this section?

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

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?

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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