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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 does Ed say he dates?
(a) Only Oriental women.
(b) No one.
(c) Only men.
(d) Women as well as men.

2. How often does Lady sing a torch song?
(a) Only once at the beginning of the play.
(b) Between each scene.
(c) After each actor speaks.
(d) Never.

3. Where is the person with whom Arnold converses?
(a) Sitting next to Arnold.
(b) In the bathroom stall next to Arnold.
(c) Not in front of Arnold.
(d) Behind the bar.

4. What is the backroom of a gay bar?
(a) Where they show videos.
(b) Where there is a massage parlour.
(c) Where intimate homosexual encounters occur.
(d) Where the poker games go on.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What character is the first to appear?

2. With whom is Arnold talking?

3. After the opening, where do the lights shine?

4. What does Laurel want?

5. With whom does Ed converse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What could be a possible reason for the torch song between each scene?

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

3. What message is implied in Laurel's regret at not inviting Alan and Arnold to the wedding?

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

5. Give an example of the sexual liaison in the back room and how you interpret the example.

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

7. Why are Arnold and Laurel in the kitchen together?

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

9. Describe how Laurel is feeling. Do you think she has the right to feel this way?

10. What is Mrs. Beckoff's response to news of the impending adoption of David?

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