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 career did Flan used to hold?

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

3. Where on his body has Paul been stabbed when he enters the Kittredges'?

4. What does the New York Times send contributors of the anecdotes Flan and Ouisa mention at the end of this section?

5. What does Geoffrey say amazes him about New York in his first line?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul succeed in taking Rick and Elizabeth's money?

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

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

4. How does Paul describe his father?

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

6. How do Flan and Ouisa know Geoffrey?

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

8. How does Dr. Fine deal with Paul's deception?

9. How does Guare loop time in this first half of the play?

10. Who are Rick and Elizabeth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about parent-child relationships in Guare's play. What is the recurring motif regarding the parents who are duped in the play and their children? How do these relationships play out onstage? How do these parents regard their children, and how does Paul represent a sort of idealized form of their children?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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