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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Arnold express to Ed about their relationship?
(a) That Ed would return but also that Ed would have more clarity on the direction of his personal life.
(b) That is could be a lifelong commitment.
(c) That he wishes Ed had come back sooner because Arnold is now in another relationship.
(d) That he never really wants to see Ed again.

2. Who delivers a monologue?
(a) Lauren.
(b) Jacs.
(c) Arthur.
(d) Arnold.

3. How does Ed feel about Alan?
(a) Jealousy.
(b) Ed is indifferent to Alan.
(c) Happy to meet Laurel's cousin.
(d) Interested to pick Alan's brain about music.

4. What is annoying to Arnold about his conversation with Ed?
(a) That Ed does not acknowledge Arnold's hurt.
(b) Ed's conflicted state of mind.
(c) The fact that Ed tries to kiss Arnold in the middle of the conversation.
(d) That Ed keeps talking about Laurel.

5. Of what could the bed setting be symbolic?
(a) There is no real symbolism to the bed setting.
(b) It could be symbolic of the intimacy of the characters with each other.
(c) That they would each like to be sexually partnered with someone else.
(d) That they are all bored and need to sleep.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one possible theme in this scene?

2. What is the main content of the monologue?

3. How would Arnold most likely describe his love life?

4. Who is Ed dating?

5. What is the name of the singer on the stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mrs. Beckoff's response to news of the impending adoption of David?

2. Describe Ed and David's interaction on the park bench.

3. Describe a little about Alan and also the relationship between Alan and Arnold.

4. What is the purpose of Laurel's phone call to Ed. What do you think are her motives?

5. Why do you think the author uses the word "Stretto" again in naming this scene?

6. How does Ed think his parents feel about homosexuality and how does that figure into his dating Laurel?

7. Where are Ed and Alan and what are they doing?

8. Explain why Laurel invited Arnold for the weekend and whether her plan is successful.

9. Why does Ed come to the theatre and what happens at the beginning of the conversation?

10. Describe the interactions of the characters on stage at the opening of this act.

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