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 is the purpose of the way the lighting is done?

2. Who visits Arnold backstage after Arnold's performance?

3. What does Ed think about the weekend visit?

4. What does Arnold admit to himself?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Ed Reiss.

3. Why does Ed think Laurel is attracted to gay men?

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

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

6. When and why is Laurel visiting Arnold?

7. What is the significance of the term "Stretto" in this scene?

8. Who do you think has the most to lose by this weekend encounter?

9. How does the conversation end?

10. Define the term "fugue," and how it is applicable in this scene.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The second problem in "The International Stud: Scene 1," of which Arnold shares is the fact that he has gone through some betrayals. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. What is your definition of a betrayal?

2. Discuss a famous incident that you know of or that you research in which someone has betrayed someone else. What were the facts about the situation? Why do you think it occurred? Could the problem have been avoided?

3. Have you been betrayed by a family member or friend? Discuss as much of the situation as you are comfortable to do so and its resolution. Did your relationship change after the betrayal?

4. If you have not felt betrayed by someone in your life and cannot answer question three, discuss whether you have or would be willing to betray someone and for what reasons.

Essay Topic 2

In "The International Stud: Scene 1," Arnold shares his frustrations at the lack of true love in his life despite all his attempts and all the humiliations and betrayals that plague a homosexual man. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. What sort of humiliations and do you think a gay man might endure? From whom?

2. Do you believe it is okay to humiliate and harass gay men? Explain your point of view.

3. Have you ever been humiliated for some reason? How did you feel during the time it was happening?

4. Did it make you more or less likely to do the same to someone else?

Essay Topic 3

In the second "Fugue in a Nursery, Stretto," Ed seduces Alan in the barn despite being in a supposedly monogamous relationship with Laurel. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. Why do you think Ed is so attracted to Alan?

2. Do you think Ed is actually gay and cannot resist being with men? Explain.

3. Do you think what Ed does is immoral? If yes, for what reasons? If no, why not?

4. Is it possible that Ed is bisexual? If so, how do you think he can resolve wanting to be with both men and women? Is a monogamous relationship possible for a bisexual individual?

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