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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How much time has passed since scene 2?
2. Why is the backroom dark?
3. About what is Arnold still hurt?
4. What character is the first to appear?
5. What is probably the predominant emotion Arthur displays in this scene?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who do you think has the most to lose by this weekend encounter?
2. How does the conversation end?
3. How are Arnold and Alan's conversation similar to that of Ed and Laurel?
4. Where are Ed and Alan and what are they doing?
5. Describe Ed Reiss.
6. What might be a couple reasons why Laurel's plan is not successful?
7. What do Arnold and Laurel discuss?
8. What happens when Arnold joins Ed and David on the park bench?
9. Give a brief description of the opening to this scene.
10. What in this scene indicates the differences between the two couples?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1In "Fugue in a Nursery, Subject," the author reveals the relevance of the title of this section of the trilogy in this scene by showcasing the style of a fugue in the dialog of the characters. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete: 1. Define the term "fugue," as it applies to a musical composition. 2. Discuss how you think a fugue is relevant to how the action in this scene is carried out. 3. Do you think this style is effective for this scene? 4. Define the term "fugue," as it applies to a state of mind. Is this definition relevant to the action of the scene. Why or why not? Give examples.
Essay Topic 2In the scene titled, "Fugue in a Nursery, Counter Subject," Arnold and Alan are resistant to joining Ed and Laurel in their "normal" Sunday routine. Choose one of the following topics and write a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete: 1. Discuss how the term "Counter Subject" is used in musical compositions (particularly in the musical composition of a fugue) and how it is applicable to the action of this scene. Be sure to use specific examples and details. 2. Using the entire play as a source of material, outline Laurel's actions and manipulations, both implied and explicit, and discuss whether she has been successful and appropriate in her behavior. 3. Discuss the commonalities among all the main characters, (Arnold, Alan, Ed, and Laurel) as to their wants and needs as human beings in relationship. Can their needs/desires be universal to all humans? Explain.
Essay Topic 3In the first "Fugue in a Nursery, Stretto," the author continues to craft the piece metaphorically as a musical fugue, in which the term stretto is used in this scene. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete: 1. Define the term "stretto" in terms of musical composition. 2. Briefly discuss how you think this term is appropriate to the action in this scene. 3. Do you as a reader and/or audience member think the extended metaphor in which the author engages in naming some of the acts is appropriate? What about if one has no musical knowledge? 4. What is most effective and least effective in how the author frames this play around the organization of a fugue?
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