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

2. Who is trying to awaken Arnold?
(a) Murray.
(b) Laurel.
(c) Ed.
(d) Alan.

3. With what is Ed conflicted?
(a) Whether to quit his job.
(b) He has no real conflicts at the moment.
(c) His homosexulity.
(d) Whether to move to New York.

4. What is Arnold talking about with the other person?
(a) About the decorations.
(b) How he has been tested for AIDS.
(c) That he is hurt by Ed's betrayal and wants a deep and true love.
(d) That he plans to kill himself.

5. Where is the setting in Scene 3?
(a) A swank restaurant.
(b) Hollywood.
(c) The International Stud gay bar.
(d) Aboard an airplane.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who sings from another part of the stage?

3. What is the time frame of this setting?

4. What couple is conversing at the same time as Arnold and Alan?

5. Why will Ed not introduce Arnold to his parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ed's thoughts about the weekend so far.

2. What potential conflicts could ensue by the coming together of Arnold, Ed, and Alan?

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

4. Who do you think has the most to lose by this weekend encounter?

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

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

7. What does Arnold reveal in his one-sided dialogue?

8. What might be a couple reasons why Laurel's plan is not successful?

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

10. What hurts Arnold's feelings and why do you think Ed does the action that hurts Arnold?

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