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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. How does Arnold try to justify the anonymous encounter?
(a) By saying he wanted to see what it was like to have sex with a man.
(b) By saying he didn't know what the stranger was going to do.
(c) By saying it is an attempt at finding love.
(d) By pointing out that the man was a lot bigger than Arnold and so Arnold was intimidated.

2. Why does Arnold think Ed may be ashamed of him?
(a) Because Ed never introduces Arnold to Ed's parents.
(b) Because Ed never introduces Arnold to a chance encounter with any friends.
(c) Ed doesn't appear to be ashamed of Arnold.
(d) Because Ed will only be with Arnold in a gay bar.

3. Whom does Ed resent?
(a) No one.
(b) Alan.
(c) Arnold.
(d) Laurel.

4. What does Arnold prefer at the moment?
(a) His privacy.
(b) Sleep to play.
(c) Work to sleep.
(d) A gin tonic.

5. What is the setting at the opening of the play?
(a) A dressing room.
(b) A New York City apartment.
(c) The vatican.
(d) San Francisco.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Laurel want?

2. What is the backroom of a gay bar?

3. What character is the first to appear?

4. Where is the person with whom Arnold converses?

5. With whom does Laurel live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the purpose of Laurel's phone call to Ed. What do you think are her motives?

5. Describe the interactions of the characters on stage at the opening of this act.

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

7. Who is the main character present at the opening of this scene and what is the setting?

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

9. What happens when Arnold gets Ed on the phone?

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

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