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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. Why is the backroom dark?
(a) So the blacklight is effective.
(b) For anonymity.
(c) So the video is clear.
(d) Because people are embarrassed to undress for a massage.

2. What character is the first to appear?
(a) Ed.
(b) Laurel.
(c) Alan.
(d) Arnold.

3. About what does Laurel seem particularly smug?
(a) About the decor of the house.
(b) An incredibly funny joke she just related.
(c) The flan that she made that was perfect.
(d) About her sophistication of hosting Ed's former lover in their home.

4. Why does Arnold go to the gay bar?
(a) He likes the drinks.
(b) He has only been to a gay bar once.
(c) It is the only sure place to find other homosexual men.
(d) For the anonymous sex.

5. What does Laurel want?
(a) To see if Arnold knows where Ed is.
(b) To ask for Ed's baby pictures back.
(c) To issue an invitation to Arnold.
(d) To tell Arnold that Ed has died.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ed respond when he answers the phone?

2. How could Arnold's emotion be described when he is in the back room?

3. What does Arnold ask of Ed?

4. How is the person trying to awaken Arnold?

5. Where does Laurel live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the fight between Arnold and his mother after the news of David's adoption was discusssed.

3. What do Arnold and Laurel discuss?

4. Give a brief description of the opening to this scene.

5. Describe the opening to this scene.

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

7. What musical term is used in this scene and explain why it is used.

8. Who is Mrs. Beckoff and describe her initial impressions during her visit to Arnold.

9. What happens when Arnold joins Ed and David on the park bench?

10. Is it wise for Arnold to both accept an invitation to visit Ed and Laurel and to take Alan along?

(see the answer keys)

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