Six Degrees of Separation Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Tess suggest her mother should have done with Paul?

2. What adjective do Flan and Paul repeatedly use to describe the dull part of art dealing?

3. According to Donald Barthelme, what is the art form of the twentieth century?

4. How does Trent ironically describe his rich friends to Paul?

5. What is Sidney Poitier's first wife's name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of the imagination resonates strongly throughout he play, beginning of course with Paul's "thesis" in the first passages. Write an essay on Guare's understanding of imagination in three parts:

Part 1) Compare Paul's conception of the purpose of imagination in his thesis with what he perceives to be society's new definition of imagination. How are they different? Why does Paul consider the latter reductive?

Paul 2) How doe Ouisa, Flan and Geoffrey react to Paul's thesis on imagination? When Paul appears in Ouisa's imagination later in the play, how does he amend his notion of imagination?

Paul 3) How is what Paul actually does to the families of the play the opposite of his sense of imagination? Is he chipping away at his own personality living in a state of constant deception?

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