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. According to the author in the Introduction, contemporary “theater has too often remained entrenched in the nineteenth-century traditions of” what?

3. In what year was Matthew Shepard murdered?

4. What sect leader was killed in the Waco siege?

5. How many members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, along with Moisés Kaufman to collect interviews?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When and where did The Laramie Project premiere?

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

5. What does Jedadiah Schultz relate about the play Angels in America in Act 1?

6. Where did Matthew Shepard die? Who was charged with his murder?

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

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

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

10. How is the crime against Matthew Shepard described in the Introduction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the young Matthew Shepard. How was Matthew Shepard like the friends and family you know? How was Matthew different in the context of Laramie? Who liked or disliked Matthew?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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