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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 the relationship between Ed and Arnold?
(a) They are co-workers.
(b) They do not actually know each other.
(c) They are best friends.
(d) They are lovers.

2. Whose perspective is revealed in the conversation?
(a) Arnold.
(b) The bartender's.
(c) Ed.
(d) The homeless man's.

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

4. What does Arnold express to Ed about their relationship?
(a) That is could be a lifelong commitment.
(b) That Ed would return but also that Ed would have more clarity on the direction of his personal life.
(c) That he never really wants to see Ed again.
(d) That he wishes Ed had come back sooner because Arnold is now in another relationship.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the relationship between Arnold and the person he is taking with him to Ed and Laurel's?

2. Where is the person with whom Arnold converses?

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

4. What is one possible theme in this scene?

5. Who is described as having boyish charms?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and why is Laurel visiting Arnold?

2. Where are Ed and Alan and what are they doing?

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

4. Describe a little about Alan and also the relationship between Alan and Arnold.

5. What is a side effect of the weekend visit of Alan and Arnold to Ed and Laurel's?

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

7. How does Ed think his parents feel about homosexuality and how does that figure into his dating Laurel?

8. When scene 3 opens, who is on the stage and what is he doing?

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

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

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