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

2. At what does Ed hint?
(a) That his is about to marry.
(b) The desire for a reconciliation with Arnold.
(c) That he needs to borrow a large sum of money from Arnold.
(d) That he has been tested HIV positive.

3. What revelation from Ed hurts Arnold's feelings?
(a) That Ed is going to Hawaii without Arnold.
(b) That Ed told their best friend, Jacs, that Ed was breaking up with Arnold.
(c) That Ed hates Arnold's cooking.
(d) That Ed is going to introduce Laurel to his parents.

4. What is Arnold's decision about visiting Laurel?
(a) That he will give it more thought and may come in a month or two.
(b) That he will do so.
(c) That he cannot emotionally handle a visit.
(d) That he won't visit them but invites them to visit him.

5. What is Ed's solution to his conflict?
(a) To date a woman.
(b) To do nothing.
(c) To start a job search while still holding on to his other job.
(d) To buy a book about New York.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the time frame of this setting?

2. About what does Laurel seem particularly smug?

3. What is the main content of the monologue?

4. What reveals Arnold's remaining hurt over the end of the relationship?

5. What does Arnold do in order to have some time to think over Ed and his relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom is Ed speaking and what is the content of the conversation?

2. Describe the situation at the beginning of this scene.

3. Why does Ed think Laurel is attracted to gay men?

4. How do each of the men (Ed and Arnold) feel about the possibility of a renewed relationship?

5. How does Arthur's monologue reflect an underlying optimism or hope?

6. What in this scene indicates the differences between the two couples?

7. What point do you think the author may be making in this scene, as well as in others and why do you think the author wishes to make this point?

8. Describe the opening of this scene.

9. Define the term "fugue," and how it is applicable in this scene.

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

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