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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Arnold do in order to have some time to think over Ed and his relationship?
(a) Tells Ed to meet him outside the back but leaves out the front.
(b) Asks Ed to contact him in a few weeks.
(c) Asks Ed to go get the car.
(d) Tells Ed he has to talk to his astrologer again about their relationship.

3. About what does Laurel seem particularly smug?
(a) The flan that she made that was perfect.
(b) About her sophistication of hosting Ed's former lover in their home.
(c) An incredibly funny joke she just related.
(d) About the decor of the house.

4. With whom does Laurel live?
(a) Alan.
(b) Ed.
(c) Murray.
(d) Jacs.

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

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

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

8. Who sings from another part of the stage?
(a) A torch singer.
(b) Edward.
(c) No one.
(d) Laurel.

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

10. Who does Ed say he dates?
(a) Women as well as men.
(b) No one.
(c) Only men.
(d) Only Oriental women.

11. Who is jealous of Alan?
(a) Ed.
(b) Murray.
(c) Laurel.
(d) Arnold.

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

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

14. What is a stranger doing to Arnold?
(a) Handing him a joint with incredible hashish.
(b) Berating him.
(c) Fondling him and opening his pants.
(d) Offering him a line of cocaine.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How is the character Ed Reiss described?

3. What has taken Ed by surprise?

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

5. Who are onstage at the opening of this scene?

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