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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the setting at the opening of this scene?
(a) A huge bed.
(b) A barn.
(c) The open-air market.
(d) The opera.

2. What is Alan's response to Arnold's declaration?
(a) Relief.
(b) Part disbelief.
(c) Indifference.
(d) Anger.

3. How long has it been since Arnold and Ed have ended their relationship?
(a) A year.
(b) Five months.
(c) Ten years.
(d) A few days.

4. Who is waiting for a phone call from Ed?
(a) Arnold.
(b) Jacs.
(c) Tom.
(d) Lauren.

5. What is Laurel's knowledge of the fact that Ed and Arnold were once lovers?
(a) She has no suspician about it whatsoever.
(b) She is aware of the fact.
(c) She has often suspected it but does not know for sure.
(d) It is not made clear how much she knows.

6. How does Ed feel about Alan?
(a) Happy to meet Laurel's cousin.
(b) Jealousy.
(c) Interested to pick Alan's brain about music.
(d) Ed is indifferent to Alan.

7. What is one possible theme in this scene?
(a) Love's long-term effects cannot fully be realized until much later after the initial impact has diminished.
(b) That temptation is avoidable through will power.
(c) It is impossible to be monogamous if you are not married.
(d) That love is always a temporary state.

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

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

10. What is the time frame of this setting?
(a) The evening of the first day of Arnold and Alan's visit with Laurel and Ed.
(b) Three days after Arnold's visit to Laurel and Ed.
(c) A year after Arnold's visit to Laurel and Ed.
(d) Just at sunrise.

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

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

13. How long has it been since Ed and Arnold last met?
(a) A month.
(b) A year.
(c) Three days.
(d) Ten years.

14. This short scene establishes the potential for a future conflict using a writing technique named what?
(a) Red Herring.
(b) Foreshadowing.
(c) Allusion.
(d) Metaphor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At what does Ed hint?

2. What is the purpose of the way the lighting is done?

3. What has taken Ed by surprise?

4. Where is the setting in Scene 3?

5. How does Arnold feel about the possible visit?

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