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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. Who is at home?
(a) Arnold.
(b) Tom.
(c) Ed.
(d) Lauren.

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

3. Why does Arnold go to the gay bar?
(a) It is the only sure place to find other homosexual men.
(b) For the anonymous sex.
(c) He likes the drinks.
(d) He has only been to a gay bar once.

4. What does Arnold do in order to have some time to think over Ed and his relationship?
(a) Tells Ed he has to talk to his astrologer again about their relationship.
(b) Asks Ed to contact him in a few weeks.
(c) Asks Ed to go get the car.
(d) Tells Ed to meet him outside the back but leaves out the front.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ed respond when he answers the phone?

2. Who are onstage at the opening of this scene?

3. Who does Arnold plan to bring with him?

4. Who calls Arnold?

5. What is the purpose of the way the lighting is done?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the opening of this scene.

3. How does this act end?

4. What is the significance of the term "Stretto" in this scene?

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

6. What is happening from another part of the stage and how does it tie in with Arthur?

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

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

9. What is the resolution at the end of this scene?

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

(see the answer keys)

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