The Laramie Project Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Moisés Kaufman
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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. Angels in America is a play by what playwright?

2. Who were the Tectonic Theater Project’s associate writers who led the group in Laramie, according to the Author’s Note?

3. In Detective Sergeant Hing’s interview in Act 1, Hing states that his family is what generation in Laramie, Wyoming?

4. What is the name of Matthew Shepard’s younger brother?

5. What is the name of Matthew Shepard’s mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and where did The Laramie Project premiere?

2. What does Moisés Kaufman say about the role of theater and its structure in the Introduction?

3. How do the townspeople of Laramie describe Matthew Shepard in Act 1?

4. Who is the first person introduced in Act 1 that knew Matthew Shepard?

5. What does Rebecca Hilliker relate about her students in Act 1’s “Moment: Rebecca Hilliker”?

6. How did the research begin on The Laramie Project? What role did the members of the theater company play?

7. What structural purpose do Kaufman’s “moments” have in the play?

8. Who speaks in the introduction to Act 1? What is established in this opening?

9. What does Marge Murray say about bias and prejudice within Laramie in Act 1?

10. What is related in “Moment: The Fireside” in Act 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. What drew Kaufman to write about the life and trials of Wilde? How do the themes of this work relate to those in The Laramie Project? Why does the playwright relate these events in the Introduction?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss how contrast and juxtaposition are used as tools in Epic Theater. In what ways did Brecht employ these elements? How does his use compare to the use of juxtaposition in The Laramie Project?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the public support shown both in Laramie, Wyoming, and in the United States as a whole, for Matthew Shepard. What did this support signify? How was it a stepping stone for gay awareness? Who resented this support?

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