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. Who designed the original set for the premiere production of The Laramie Project?

2. Where does April Silva say she grew up in Act 1?

3. The Narrator states in the beginning of Act 1 that the members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, on what date?

4. According to the author in the Introduction, every project Tectonic Theater Project undertakes as a company has two objectives. What is the first?

5. Who is described as being the president of the University of Wyoming in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where was Moisés Kaufman from? When did he enter the theater?

2. When in “Moment: A Definition” does the tone of Act 1 begin to change? How?

3. Describe Moisés Kaufman. How is he involved with the Tectonic Theater Project?

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

5. How does Act 1 of The Laramie Project begin? How is this “scene” defined?

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

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

8. When and where did The Laramie Project premiere?

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

10. How was Matthew Shepard discovered? Where was he taken?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of homosexuality in the play and how it relates to the events surrounding Matthew Shepard. Do you think that people today are more accepting of the gay community? Why or why not? Is acceptance based upon location?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. How old were McKinney and Henderson at the time of Matthew Shepard’s murder? What impressions did they have on the people of the town? Who liked these individuals? Why? Who disliked them?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the topic of “hate crimes” in United States policy and enforcement. Should there be regulation specific to crimes of hate? Why or why not? How does this topic serve to create greater conflict in the play?

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