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 do Laurel and Ed do despite the presence of Alan and Arnold?
(a) Go off to play tennis.
(b) Continue their Sunday morning schedule.
(c) Make love.
(d) Have Ed's parents over for brunch.

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

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

4. What does Arnold believe validates Laurel's attraction to gay men?
(a) The fact that Ed has told Laurel he is gay and she stays with him.
(b) The pass she makes for Alan.
(c) The fact that Laurel has slept with several gay men.
(d) The fact that Laurel goes to male gay bars frequently.

5. Why is Arnold adopting David?
(a) Because David was living on the streets.
(b) Because it is a goal that Arnold and Alan shared.
(c) Because David is gay.
(d) Because David is his biological son.

6. What does the author seem to be revealing in this scene?
(a) More of the characters' vulnerabilities and emotional states.
(b) That Alan is an unsavory person.
(c) The fact that Ed is solidly heterosexual.
(d) That Laurel secretly wishes to sleep with Arnold.

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

8. For what do Laurel and Alan probe?
(a) Details of the time that Ed and Arnold spent in bed today.
(b) For an admission from Arnold that he is seeing another man besides Alan.
(c) For evidence of Arnold being HIV positive.
(d) Evidence that Ed is not gay.

9. What has Laurel done?
(a) Called Arnold.
(b) Gotten pregnant by Arnold.
(c) Left Ed.
(d) Re-decorated the master bath.

10. 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 continue with his art.
(c) David encourages Ed to make the break with Laurel permanent.
(d) David encourages Ed to discuss his relationship with Laurel but Ed declines.

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

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

13. How much time has passed since the last scene?
(a) A week.
(b) Five years.
(c) One year.
(d) Ten years.

14. Where do Laurel's parents live?
(a) South America.
(b) Europe.
(c) The California coast.
(d) New England.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Laurel and Alan's reactions to Ed and Arnold?

2. What did Ed used to call Arnold's bedroom?

3. What is Ed reading?

4. Where is Laurel on the day after the weekend that Alan and Arnold visited Ed and her?

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

(see the answer keys)

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