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 Ed and Arnold declare?
(a) That they had sex but didn't enjoy it.
(b) That nothing sexual happened between them.
(c) That they have realized they are in love.
(d) That they are leaving for Paris together.

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

3. What does David hope about Ed and Arnold?
(a) That they will not let Mrs. Beckoff live there.
(b) David expresses no particular thoughts about Arnold and Ed.
(c) That they will not start a relationship.
(d) That they will rekindle their relationship.

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. What is Laurel and Alan's reactions to Ed and Arnold?
(a) Indifference.
(b) Voyeurism.
(c) Curiousity.
(d) Jealousy.

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

10. What crisis that was just emerging during the writing of this play did the author seem to have in mind when writing this play?
(a) None.
(b) The Cuban Missle Crisis.
(c) The invasion of Poland.
(d) AIDS.

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

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

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

14. What does Laurel try to hide?
(a) That she does not love Ed.
(b) That she is attracted to gay men.
(c) That she is HIV positive.
(d) That she is actually a lesbian.

15. What day of the week is it at the opening of this scene?
(a) Friday.
(b) Monday.
(c) Saturday.
(d) Sunday.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the subject of Ed's reading?

2. Why does Laurel want Arnold and Alan to rise?

3. What does each person begin to question?

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

5. What are Arnold and Alan more resistant to than eating breakfast?

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