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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. Where are all of the characters in the opening of this scene?
(a) In the produce section of the open-air market.
(b) On the bed.
(c) It is not obvious where they are.
(d) In the audience at the opera.

2. What is one possible theme in this scene?
(a) It is impossible to be monogamous if you are not married.
(b) Love's long-term effects cannot fully be realized until much later after the initial impact has diminished.
(c) That temptation is avoidable through will power.
(d) That love is always a temporary state.

3. How does Arnold feel about the possible visit?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Excited.
(c) Uncertain.
(d) Negative.

4. What is the relationship between Arnold and the person he is taking with him to Ed and Laurel's?
(a) Arnold is not taking anyone with him.
(b) They are lovers.
(c) They are siblings.
(d) They are first cousins.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who visits Arnold backstage after Arnold's performance?

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

3. What is Ed's solution to his conflict?

4. How long has it been since Arnold and Ed have ended their relationship?

5. What is the relationship between Ed and Arnold?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what is Ed reading and what is opinion of the subject?

2. Describe how Laurel is feeling. Do you think she has the right to feel this way?

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

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

5. What do Arnold and Alan decide about their relationship?

6. Why do you think Ed Reiss insists that he dates women as well as men?

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

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

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

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

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