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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What news does Tess blurt out to Ouisa in this section?
2. Where does the doorman say Flan's illegitimate son is living?
3. What book have Ouisa and Paul both read?
4. In this section Paul admits that his Salinger speech was lifted from a commencement address at what college?
5. What does Paul say he wants from the Kittredges in this section?
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
The Kandinsky in the Kittredge condo is the central symbolic image of the play. Write an essay about the significance of this image. What theme do its opposite sides symbolize? How does the opposing control and wildness of the painting manifest itself in the action onstage? How do you interpret Paul's cryptic final words?
Essay Topic 3
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?
This section contains 303 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)