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. Whose following quote is used in the introduction: “After all, not to create only, or found only, But to bring perhaps from afar what is already founded, To give it our own identity, average, limitless, free”?

2. In what year was Matthew Shepard murdered?

3. In the staging notes, the author describes the set of The Laramie Project as what?

4. Moisés Kaufman claims in Act 1 that “Today Leigh tried to explain to me to no avail what” what was?

5. What does Barbara Pitts say the first thing to welcome them was when they arrived in Laramie in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and where did The Laramie Project premiere?

2. What is related in “Moment: A Scarf” in Act 1?

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

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. What does Doc O’Connor remark about the gay population in Laramie in Act 1?

7. Who makes statements in “Moment: Finding Matthew Shepard”?

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

9. What awards has Moisés Kaufman won in the United States?

10. How does Moisés Kaufman’s homeland view his works?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Reverend Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. When was the Westboro Baptist Church formed? Is it recognized as a place of worship in the United States? What nations have banned protests from members of the Westboro Baptist Church? What does Phelps represent in The Laramie Project?

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 structure of The Laramie Project. What does the playwright say in regard to “scenes” and “acts”? Are there clear divisions between the “moments” and the interviews? How did the Tectonic Theater Project make these transitions clear and understandable to audiences?

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