Torch Song Trilogy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What character is the first to appear?

2. What style is the dialogue in this scene?

3. Who does Arnold plan to bring with him?

4. What does Murray want Arnold to do?

5. With whom does Ed converse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the major topic of conversation in this scene?

2. With whom is Ed speaking and what is the content of the conversation?

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

4. Why do you think Ed Reiss insists that he dates women as well as men?

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

6. Why does Ed come to the theatre and what happens at the beginning of the conversation?

7. Describe the interactions of the characters on stage at the opening of this act.

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

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

10. How does the conversation end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the "The International Stud: Scene 4," Arnold frequents in a gay bar. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. Do you think a bar is a good way to meet a prospective lover, be it homosexual or heterosexual?

2. Why do you think many single people choose to frequent bars as a place to meet someone?

3. What role do you think alcohol and/or other recreational drugs play in the bar scene?

4. What are some alternative ways/places to meet a prospective lover?

Essay Topic 2

Many times during the era when this play is written, and even now in the first decade of the 21st century, the stereotype of homosexuals, especially male homosexuals, was that they were promiscuous and both unwilling and unable to commit in a loving, monogamous relationship. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. Do you believe the characters in this play exhibit the stereotype discussed above? Support your answer with specific details from the text.

2. How do you think stereotypes are developed? Name several stereotypes you know about several groups or types of people. How accurate do you think those stereotypes are? Which of the stereotypes which you discussed in number 2 do you believe are true? Which do not seem to be true? Explain your answer.

3. Do you belong to a group for which there are stereotypes? How does that make you feel?

4. If you do not belong to a group which tend to be stereotyped, think of some negative characteristic or trait and pretend it is a stereotype for a group to which you belong (gender, race, age, etc.) How would you feel if everyone you met assumed you possessed that characteristic even before the person got to know you?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. The title of this scene is "Fugue in a Nursery, Codetta." Define the word "codetta" as it applies to music.

2. How do you think a codetta applies to this scene?

3. What do you think the dominant theme of this scene is? Does this relate to the idea of a codetta?

4. If you were a musician, what type of music would you use in this scene (jazz, classical, rock, heavy metal, rap, etc...) Why?

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