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: The Gem City of the Plains” from Act 2, Newsperson 3 says that Laramie “bills itself as Wyoming’s” what?

2. What two friends of Aaron McKinney does Stephen Belber describe meeting in Act 2?

3. For what newspaper does Kerry Drake report in The Laramie Project?

4. Who decided to organize a group of individuals to assemble around the Westboro Baptist Church protesters dressed as angels at the trial of Russell Henderson?

5. Who says in “Moment: Epilogue” of Act 3, “We shot down the villains. We sent the prostitutes on the train. The town’s cleaned up, and we don’t need to talk about it anymore”?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Wyoming’s history relate to the establishment of equality for Americans?

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

5. What is the objective of the Reverend Fred Phelps in the play?

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

7. What is the Society for Human Rights? When was it established?

8. How does Act 2 begin? What is the subject of the first interviews?

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

10. What internal conflict does Jedadiah present in “Moment: Live and Let Live” of Act 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the relationship between religion and prejudice in The Laramie Project. What impact do the ministers of the varying religious institutions in the town have on the residents? What message do these ministers relate regarding homosexuality?

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