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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 Murray look like?
(a) He is not onstage, so the audience does not know.
(b) He is medium height, balding and wears glasses.
(c) He is buffed and quite handsome.
(d) He is short with a bit of a paunch around the middle.

2. What is the purpose of the way the lighting is done?
(a) To set the mood.
(b) There is no particular reason.
(c) To show the characters in their best light.
(d) To elimnate the need for stage scenery.

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

4. Over what does Ed feel discomfort?
(a) That Arnold has brought Alan.
(b) That Laurel made flan when Ed told her that Arnold was allergic to it.
(c) That Alan has made a pass at Laurel.
(d) Nothing; Ed is quite relaxed.

5. How long has it been since Ed and Arnold last met?
(a) Three days.
(b) A year.
(c) Ten years.
(d) A month.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the backroom dark?

2. What is the response to the question?

3. What does Arnold aver to Alan?

4. How does Arnold feel about the possible visit?

5. How does Arnold try to justify the anonymous encounter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Laurel mentioned in Ed's phone conversation with Arnold?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are two examples of how Arnold rationalizes his behavior?

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

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

10. What do Arnold and Laurel discuss?

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