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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The person in #102 instructs the narrator on how to be a better lover and a better ______________.
2. Who does the narrator consider marrying?
3. Who is the temperamental roommate who the narrator has for awhile?
4. What does Sean call a group of men he accidentally encountered having sex in a public bathroom?
5. The narrator begins to understand that ___________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the New York experience so important to the narrator's longing to be part of a community?
2. How does shame get pushed aside in the events leading up to, and after, the Stonewall Inn raids?
3. Why is Lou desperate to get married and how does the narrator help him?
4. Who is Lou and how does the narrator meet him?
5. What do the narrator's parents--and society in general--consider to be a "normal" lifestyle for their son?
6. How does the relationship between Maria and the narrator change when she moves to New York?
7. How can the raid on the Stonewall Inn be both a beginning and an ending of a gay rights movement?
8. What does the narrator come to learn about Lou and what factor will probably preclude his and Lou's relationship from becoming too serious?
9. What happens to the narrator after Sean is gone?
10. What are a couple of topics that Lou tries to educate the narrator on?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The latter part of the novel takes place in the late 1960s as America is experiencing free love, war protests, gay liberation and radical shifts in music. Research this period in America and create a multimedia presentation of the clothes, food, music and people during
Essay Topic 2
"The Beautiful Room is Empty" is a classic coming of age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.
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