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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does the doorman say Flan's illegitimate son is living?
2. At which movie theater does Ouisa say she will meet Paul to take him to the police?
3. How does Flan characterize the request he makes his children in this section?
4. Who spits on Flan at the end of this section?
5. From what state have Rick and Elizabeth recently moved?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Paul has a strange relationship with sex. Though clearly a homosexual by orientation, he does not pursue sex in the same way other people do. Write an essay on Paul's relationship with sex in two parts:
Part 1) Why does Paul have sex with Rick after their dance in the Rainbow room? Is sex a pleasure for him or a weapon? Does Paul think about how the experience will affect Rick when he propositions him?
Part 2) How does Paul explain his decision to bring a prostitute to the Kittredges' condo? Do either Ouisa or Flan understand his reasoning? How does the reasoning also explain why he will not have sex in prison?
Essay Topic 3
The story of this play is told almost entirely by the Kittredges. Write an essay detailing what you think they intend to impress upon the listener about their role in the story. How do they view themselves? Do they think that they have made mistakes in the course of events? What ultimately do they realize about themselves as they relive the events of the play?
This section contains 334 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)