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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which New York periodical publishes the Kittredges' story in this section?
2. What do Rick and Elizabeth do to make money in New York?
3. How were Dr. Fine's parents killed?
4. How much money does Paul request from Rick and Elizabeth?
5. How does Ouisa describe Paul's essential quality to her children in this section?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the play, Paul is something of a sounding board for other people's sense of self. He allows them to see themselves in a better, more idealistic light. Write an essay on Paul's positive interaction with others in three parts:
Part 1) Dr. Fine reconnects with his family and his sense of social good in his meeting with Paul. How does Paul make this possible? How long does this idealism last in the doctor?
Part 2) What is Geoffrey's set understanding of the way of the world at the beginning of the play? How does Paul's visit reinforce Geoffrey's better angels and challenge his sense of complacency?
Part 3) Ouisa is perhaps the most profoundly changed by Paul. In what ways does her one night with him alter her sense of the world? How is she shaken and left discontent by their connection?
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
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?
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