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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Arnold's decision about visiting Laurel?
(a) That he won't visit them but invites them to visit him.
(b) That he cannot emotionally handle a visit.
(c) That he will give it more thought and may come in a month or two.
(d) That he will do so.

2. Why does Arnold go to the gay bar?
(a) It is the only sure place to find other homosexual men.
(b) He has only been to a gay bar once.
(c) He likes the drinks.
(d) For the anonymous sex.

3. How is the character Ed Reiss described?
(a) As a homosexual man.
(b) As a race car driver turned bartender.
(c) As having an obviously bad headache.
(d) As tall and with a pockmarked face.

4. What is Arnold talking about with the other person?
(a) About the decorations.
(b) That he is hurt by Ed's betrayal and wants a deep and true love.
(c) How he has been tested for AIDS.
(d) That he plans to kill himself.

5. What is the main content of the monologue?
(a) A list of reason why the talker is about to commit suicide.
(b) A diatribe agains homosexuals.
(c) Frustrations at the lack of true love.
(d) A plea for political action for gay rights.

6. What does the stranger do when Arnold tries to talk?
(a) The stranger replies that he is deaf.
(b) Arnold is too scared to talk.
(c) Slaps Arnold.
(d) Jokes around with Arnold.

7. How much time has passed since scene 2?
(a) Four days.
(b) Four months.
(c) Ten years.
(d) A year.

8. What does Arnold admit to himself?
(a) That he actually finds Ed quite obnoxious.
(b) That he only liked Ed for the sex.
(c) That he loves Ed.
(d) That he does not want to go back to Ed and risk getting hurt again.

9. What happens when Arnold bends over to set a beer can down?
(a) The stranger penetrates him from behind.
(b) He sees a religious tract and decides to leave.
(c) He drops the beer and it foams all over his clothes.
(d) He asks the man who is with him to leave him alone.

10. What is the purpose of the way the lighting is done?
(a) To show the characters in their best light.
(b) To elimnate the need for stage scenery.
(c) There is no particular reason.
(d) To set the mood.

11. Why will Ed not introduce Arnold to his parents?
(a) Because Arnold is a different race from Ed.
(b) Ed has now decided to introduce Arnold to his parents.
(c) Because Arnold is a blue collar worker.
(d) His parents would not understand a homosexual relationship.

12. What does Murray look like?
(a) He is medium height, balding and wears glasses.
(b) He is buffed and quite handsome.
(c) He is short with a bit of a paunch around the middle.
(d) He is not onstage, so the audience does not know.

13. What is the setting at the opening of the play?
(a) A New York City apartment.
(b) The vatican.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) A dressing room.

14. Who does Ed date besides Arnold?
(a) Jacs.
(b) Tom.
(c) Laurel.
(d) Suzanne.

15. Over what does Ed feel discomfort?
(a) That Arnold has brought Alan.
(b) That Laurel made flan when Ed told her that Arnold was allergic to it.
(c) That Alan has made a pass at Laurel.
(d) Nothing; Ed is quite relaxed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the backroom dark?

2. What reveals Arnold's remaining hurt over the end of the relationship?

3. What is the backroom of a gay bar?

4. With what is Ed conflicted?

5. What character is the first to appear?

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