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 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) Nothing since he was too upset to go onstage.
(d) That the perfect man may be a woman.

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

3. 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.

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

5. What characters the apartment and why did they leave?
(a) Ed and Arnold left to have privacy.
(b) Ed and Mrs. Beckoff left to give Arnold a chance to talk to David about the adoption.
(c) David and Ed have left the apartment so that Arnold and Mrs. Beckoff can have some privacy.
(d) Ed and Mrs. Beckoff left to go to the lawyer's office.

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

7. Who discuss a similar subject of that between Ed and Laurel?
(a) Arnold and Laurel.
(b) Alan and Arnold.
(c) Alan and Murray.
(d) No one.

8. What does each person begin to question?
(a) The loyalty and depth of love of his or her lover.
(b) Why he or she loves their partner.
(c) Whether coming together was a good idea.
(d) If love can be wrong.

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

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

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

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

13. Who does David respect tremendously?
(a) Arnold.
(b) Ed.
(c) His art teacher.
(d) Mrs. Beckoff.

14. Of what does Arnold sing after Laurel leaves?
(a) Nothing; he is too upset to go onstage.
(b) A torch song about meeting the perfect man.
(c) A torch song about the end of an affair.
(d) A torch song about beauty and the beast.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is a codetta?

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

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

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

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