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

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

3. Of what do both couples agree?
(a) That love is not reliable.
(b) That they should swap partners sexually for a night.
(c) That they should split up.
(d) That their individual relationships are honest and open.

4. What did Ed used to call Arnold's bedroom?
(a) The Pigpen.
(b) The XXX Room.
(c) The Spaceship.
(d) The Nursery.

5. What is implied in the song Arnold sings?
(a) That the perfect man may be a woman.
(b) Nothing since he was too upset to go onstage.
(c) That he still feels something for Ed.
(d) That Arnold believes in love at first sight.

6. What does each couple enjoy?
(a) Watching XXX-rated movies.
(b) Cooking out.
(c) The mix of freedom and security derived from their respective partners.
(d) Sex with more than one partner.

7. What does Alan share with Arnold?
(a) That Alan is in love with Ed.
(b) That Alan was leaving Arnold.
(c) That Laurel made a pass at Alan.
(d) That Alan and Laurel have decided they love each other.

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

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

10. What does Mrs. Beckoff believe at first about David when David arrives?
(a) That Arnold has taken on an underage lover.
(b) That David is Arnold's biological son.
(c) That David should go to a home with a mother and father.
(d) That David is a biracial child.

11. How might Laurel have worked it out that her plan had been more successful?
(a) To invite several other couples with whom Laurel might have found a man to become pregnant.
(b) To have known if she was able to get pregnant at that time.
(c) To have reserved the local indoor tennis court.
(d) To tell Arnold to come alone.

12. What was Arnold's mother's response and friends' responses to Arnold's loss of Alan?
(a) That there are many other fish in the ocean.
(b) That Alan had never been faithful to Arnold anyway.
(c) Arnold's grief was never validated by his mother and even Arnold's friends grew weary of his mourning.
(d) That Alan was too young for Arnold anyway.

13. Why does Laurel say she is not inviting Alan and Arnold to her parent's home?
(a) There is limited space.
(b) Her parents hate gay men.
(c) She does not say.
(d) They live too far away.

14. How does Laurel say she met Ed?
(a) At a bus stop.
(b) Through a personals ad in the newspaper.
(c) Through Ed's mother with whom Laurel works.
(d) While they were in the same therapy group.

15. About what is Laurel upset?
(a) Ed having sex with Alan.
(b) Learning that Ed initiated the phone calls to Arnold.
(c) That she didn't get pregnant that weekend.
(d) That Ed still hasn't finished his latest novel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Laurel plan to accomplish over the weekend?

2. What conversational technique is continued in this scene?

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

4. What crisis that was just emerging during the writing of this play did the author seem to have in mind when writing this play?

5. Why is Mrs. Beckoff coming to visit Arnold?

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