Torch Song Trilogy Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With whom does Ed converse?
(a) Arnold.
(b) Lauren.
(c) The bartender.
(d) A homeless man.

2. At what does Ed hint?
(a) That he has been tested HIV positive.
(b) That his is about to marry.
(c) That he needs to borrow a large sum of money from Arnold.
(d) The desire for a reconciliation with Arnold.

3. Whom does Ed resent?
(a) Alan.
(b) Arnold.
(c) No one.
(d) Laurel.

4. What is another topic that Arthur shares when he is talking onstage?
(a) The reasons he had an unhappy childhood.
(b) His characteristics of the ideal man.
(c) Why his mother is so supportive of him.
(d) What is the perfect lipstick for a drag queen and why.

5. What does Arnold think of the gay bar scene?
(a) That it is is humiliating and degrading.
(b) That he has met some wonderful friends there.
(c) That it is a great place for sex.
(d) That he goes for the music.

6. Where are all of the characters in the opening of this scene?
(a) It is not obvious where they are.
(b) On the bed.
(c) In the produce section of the open-air market.
(d) In the audience at the opera.

7. With whom is Arnold talking?
(a) Murray.
(b) Ed.
(c) Jacs.
(d) No one.

8. Of what could the bed setting be symbolic?
(a) There is no real symbolism to the bed setting.
(b) It could be symbolic of the intimacy of the characters with each other.
(c) That they would each like to be sexually partnered with someone else.
(d) That they are all bored and need to sleep.

9. What is probably the predominant emotion Arthur displays in this scene?
(a) Hope.
(b) Anger.
(c) Bewilderment.
(d) Indifference.

10. How often does Lady sing a torch song?
(a) After each actor speaks.
(b) Only once at the beginning of the play.
(c) Never.
(d) Between each scene.

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

12. What does Arnold express to Ed about their relationship?
(a) That is could be a lifelong commitment.
(b) That he never really wants to see Ed again.
(c) That Ed would return but also that Ed would have more clarity on the direction of his personal life.
(d) That he wishes Ed had come back sooner because Arnold is now in another relationship.

13. 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 asks the man who is with him to leave him alone.
(d) He drops the beer and it foams all over his clothes.

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

15. After the opening, where do the lights shine?
(a) To the left side of the stage on a statue.
(b) On Ed Reiss.
(c) Over the audience.
(d) The stage gets dark.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Ed date besides Arnold?

2. What does Ed think about the weekend visit?

3. What is the time frame of this setting?

4. What is Alan's response to Arnold's declaration?

5. With what is Ed conflicted?

(see the answer keys)

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