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. Who does Ed date besides Arnold?

2. What does Arnold do in order to have some time to think over Ed and his relationship?

3. About what is Arnold still hurt?

4. How could Arnold's emotion be described when he is in the back room?

5. How much time has passed since scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give an example of the sexual liaison in the back room and how you interpret the example.

2. What do Arnold and Laurel discuss?

3. Describe the fight between Arnold and his mother after the news of David's adoption was discusssed.

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

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

6. What message is implied in Laurel's regret at not inviting Alan and Arnold to the wedding?

7. Describe the opening of this scene.

8. Why do you think the author uses the word "Stretto" again in naming this scene?

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

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

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

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 3

In "The International Stud: Scene 2," the scene opens with Lady Blues completing a song. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. What do you think is the purpose of Lady Blues' character?

2. Some interpretations suggest she serves as a sort of "Greek Chorus." Research the role of a Greek Chorus and explain it and then give your idea as to how Lady Blues might be a sort of Greek Chorus?

3. What sort of mood do her songs establish? Do they foreshadow the mood of the following action?

4. Do you believe Lady Blues adds to the entire work or just distracts from the main action? Explain your rationale.

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