The Laramie Project Test | Final 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. In “Moment: Vigils” of Act 2, the narrator states that how many people attended a vigil in Los Angeles for Matthew Shepard?

2. Leigh Fondakowski has been a member of Tectonic Theater Project since what year?

3. Who was the owner of the Fireside Bar at the time that Matthew Shepard was killed?

4. What Laramie resident states in the play, “My secret hope was that they were from somewhere else, that then of course you can create that distance: We don’t grow children like that here. Well, it’s pretty clear that we do grow children like that here …”?

5. The Judge states in Act 2 that the officers of the Laramie Police Department observed what inside of the truck of the suspects that belonged to the victim?

Short Essay Questions

1. What historical incident sparked the gay-rights movement in the United States?

2. What internal conflict is illustrated in the character of Dennis Shepard in Act 3?

3. What interspersed speeches appear in Act 2? What scene follows the first speech?

4. What statement does Matthew Shepard’s father make in Aaron McKinney’s sentencing?

5. How is the trial of Aaron McKinney described in Act 3? What verdict does the jury find?

6. How does Kaufman use juxtaposition to create emotion in the audience in Act 2?

7. What public support is shown for Matthew in Laramie’s community in Act 2?

8. How is prejudice defined? What role does it play in The Laramie Project?

9. How does Romaine Patterson respond to the Reverend Fred Phelps in Act 3?

10. What internal conflicts are evident in the citizens of Laramie in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss AIDS, HIV, and “gay-panic” in the narrative. How is “gay-panic” used as a defense tactic in court? When did Reggie Fluty discover that Matthew Shepard was HIV positive? What was her reaction? What chance did Fluty have of contracting the disease?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the discovery, examination, and treatment of Matthew Shepard’s body. Who found him? What did he do upon discovering the body? Who first arrived at the scene? Where was Matthew transported? Why?

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