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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What offer does Paul make Ouisa when she is trying to find out where he is?
2. What do Rick and Elizabeth do to make money in New York?
3. Near the end of the play, Ouisa that she has plenty of color in her life, but none of this?
4. In this section Paul admits that his Salinger speech was lifted from a commencement address at what college?
5. What mystery writer does Flan invoke as the parents try to figure out what they have in common?
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
One of the reasons that everyone in the play takes to Paul so quickly is his contention that he is Sidney Poitier's son. Write an essay about the reaction the various marks have to the thought of Poitier. What does he represent to the Kittredges? Geoffrey? Dr. Fine? Why are they so put at-ease by the thought of him?
Essay Topic 3
Paul's deceptions throughout the play are met with a combination of incredulity, rage, and sadness. Write an essay about the reaction characters have to Paul's crimes, in three parts:
Part 1) What does Dr. Fine think he is achieving in offering Paul the use of his brownstone? What emotions and social attitudes does the realization of Paul's betrayal evoke in Fine?
Part 2) Why does Flan react so vehemently against Paul and never waver thereafter? What does he think Paul's motivation is in lying to them?
Part 3) Why do the parents become obsessed with discovering the truth behind Paul's deception? Why do they go as far as publishing their story in the New York Times.
This section contains 458 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)