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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 Arnold ask of Ed?
(a) For sex for old times sake.
(b) For a cigarette.
(c) For Ed to go away.
(d) For a hit of his cocaine.

2. What is the response to the question?
(a) The vents are uncomfortable but warm.
(b) There is no gin for a Tom Collins.
(c) The water was never off.
(d) The person does not know the answer.

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

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

5. What is the setting at the opening of this scene?
(a) The open-air market.
(b) A barn.
(c) A huge bed.
(d) The opera.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the singer on the stage?

2. What style is the dialogue in this scene?

3. Who calls Arnold?

4. What does Arnold aver to Alan?

5. What does Laurel want?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the conversation between Alan and Arnold stalled?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What is Arthur going to do onstage?

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

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

10. Upon what do the two couples seem to agree?

(see the answer keys)

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