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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. Where does Laurel live?
(a) In Manhattan.
(b) A farmhouse in upstate New York.
(c) In San Francisco.
(d) In Nebraska.

2. What is the response to the question?
(a) There is no gin for a Tom Collins.
(b) The person does not know the answer.
(c) The vents are uncomfortable but warm.
(d) The water was never off.

3. How would Arnold most likely describe his love life?
(a) Wonderful.
(b) Monagamous.
(c) Humiliating.
(d) Lackluster.

4. What is one possible theme in this scene?
(a) Love's long-term effects cannot fully be realized until much later after the initial impact has diminished.
(b) That temptation is avoidable through will power.
(c) That love is always a temporary state.
(d) It is impossible to be monogamous if you are not married.

5. What does Arnold admit to himself?
(a) That he only liked Ed for the sex.
(b) That he does not want to go back to Ed and risk getting hurt again.
(c) That he actually finds Ed quite obnoxious.
(d) That he loves Ed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Arnold feel about the possible visit?

2. Who delivers a monologue?

3. Whose perspective is revealed in the conversation?

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

5. What is annoying to Arnold about his conversation with Ed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Laurel mentioned in Ed's phone conversation with Arnold?

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

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

4. How do each of the men (Ed and Arnold) feel about the possibility of a renewed relationship?

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

6. Describe Ed's thoughts about the weekend so far.

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

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

9. How does the conversation end?

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

(see the answer keys)

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