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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. After the opening, where do the lights shine?
(a) On Ed Reiss.
(b) To the left side of the stage on a statue.
(c) The stage gets dark.
(d) Over the audience.

2. With what is Ed conflicted?
(a) Whether to quit his job.
(b) He has no real conflicts at the moment.
(c) Whether to move to New York.
(d) His homosexulity.

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

4. How is the character Ed Reiss described?
(a) As a race car driver turned bartender.
(b) As a homosexual man.
(c) As tall and with a pockmarked face.
(d) As having an obviously bad headache.

5. When does Laurel want Arnold to visit?
(a) The upcoming weekend.
(b) Never.
(c) In another month or two once Arnold has had time to process Ed's marriage.
(d) When Arnold can get away.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the time frame of this setting?

2. How does Arnold feel about the possible visit?

3. What does the stranger do when Arnold tries to talk?

4. How long has it been since Arnold and Ed have ended their relationship?

5. Where is Arnold at the opening of this scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Give a brief description of the opening to this scene.

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

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

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

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

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

8. About what is Ed reading and what is opinion of the subject?

9. How are Arnold and Alan's conversation similar to that of Ed and Laurel?

10. What do Arnold and Laurel discuss?

(see the answer keys)

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