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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 does Laurel want?

2. At what does Ed hint?

3. What does Arnold admit to himself?

4. What couple is conversing at the same time as Arnold and Alan?

5. Where are all of the characters in the opening of this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Arthur going to do onstage?

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

3. What musical term is used in this scene and explain why it is used.

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

5. What is a side effect of the weekend visit of Alan and Arnold to Ed and Laurel's?

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

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

8. What do Arnold and Alan decide about their relationship?

9. What point do you think the author may be making in this scene, as well as in others and why do you think the author wishes to make this point?

10. Describe the opening to this scene.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In 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?

Essay Topic 2

In "The International Stud: Scene 4," Arnold participates in anonymous sex with a stranger. Though it is not explicitly stated, it is likely given the time period in which this play is written that Arnold and the stranger did not practice "safe sex." 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 "safe sex."

2. Considering that the AIDS epidemic had not yet surfaced, was it wise of Arnold to engage in sex with a stranger? Explain your rationale.

3. Do you believe it is important to learn about safe sex at school? Would the school or parents do a better job of explaining the essentials of Safe Sex?

4. Is school a proper place to gain sex education? Does your school require sex education? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In "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.

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