Torch Song Trilogy Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Arnold say happened to Alan?
(a) Alan didn't really die; he ran off with another man and Arnold just thinks of Alan as dead.
(b) Alan developed AIDS and died.
(c) Alan died during surgery for injuries he suffered in a car accident.
(d) Alan had been killed in the street by some young men who hate homosexuals.

2. What is Ed reading?
(a) A newspaper article.
(b) A Tale of Two Cities.
(c) Nothing.
(d) An advertisement for men's cologne.

3. To what does Arnold compare the loss of Alan?
(a) He makes no comparison because nothing can compare to the loss of Alan.
(b) Losing a dog with whom Arnold grew up.
(c) Arnold's grief over losing Alan is comparable to his mother's grief over losing her husband.
(d) Like losing one's own life.

4. Upon what do all four characters on stage agree?
(a) That it's time to get up and have some dinner.
(b) That there is always one person who loves one more than the other.
(c) That there is no explaining the complexities of love.
(d) That Arnold and Alan love each other.

5. What are Arnold and Alan more resistant to than eating breakfast?
(a) Playing tennis.
(b) Going to church.
(c) Catching the early ferry.
(d) Cooking breakfast.

6. What conversational technique is continued in this scene?
(a) Fugue style overlap.
(b) Just thoughts in each character's mind.
(c) Indirect quoting.
(d) A round-robin technique.

7. Where is Laurel visiting Arnold?
(a) At Arnold's home.
(b) At a sushi bar.
(c) At the club where Arnold is preparing to go onstage.
(d) In the gay bar, International.

8. What is the subject of Ed's reading?
(a) Nothing; he is not reading.
(b) How this new cologne is based on female pheromones.
(c) A love affair between an 80-year-old woman and a boy of fifteen.
(d) About the French revolution.

9. What does David encourage Ed to do and what is Ed's response?
(a) David encourages Ed to go back to Laurel.
(b) David encourages Ed to make the break with Laurel permanent.
(c) David encourages Ed to continue with his art.
(d) David encourages Ed to discuss his relationship with Laurel but Ed declines.

10. What is Mrs. Beckoff's main concern about Arnold adopting David?
(a) That Arnold will want Mrs. Beckoff to treat David like a grandson.
(b) That Arnold's lifestyle as inappropriate for raising a child.
(c) That the courts will not approve the adoption and Arnold will be hurt.
(d) That Arnold cannot afford to financially support a child.

11. What is a codetta?
(a) A secret message.
(b) A link between the entries of a subject.
(c) An addition to something already complete.
(d) The way a spy finds his mark.

12. What gets in the way of Laurel's plans for the weekend?
(a) It rained and so they couldn't play tennis.
(b) Laurel had no plans; she is just living the weekend as it unfolds.
(c) Arnold bringing Alan along.
(d) Arnold did not want to become a father.

13. What do Arnold and Ed manage to do?
(a) Get some time alone together.
(b) Have a sexual encounter.
(c) Get into a food fight.
(d) Have a discussion of musical terminology.

14. What is the day when this act opens?
(a) A year later.
(b) Sunday night.
(c) Two months later.
(d) Monday morning.

15. Who calls Arnold?
(a) Laurel.
(b) Murray.
(c) Ed.
(d) Alan.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom is Ed reading?

2. What does Arnold believe validates Laurel's attraction to gay men?

3. Whom is Laurel calling?

4. Of what does Arnold sing after Laurel leaves?

5. How might one characterize Laurel's motive for inviting Arnold over for the weekend?

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