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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 is trying to awaken Arnold?
2. What is the response to the question?
3. What happens when Arnold bends over to set a beer can down?
4. What is the name of the singer on the stage?
5. What is Ed's solution to his conflict?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Laurel mentioned in Ed's phone conversation with Arnold?
2. Describe the situation at the beginning of this scene.
3. Who do you think has the most to lose by this weekend encounter?
4. Describe Ed and David's interaction on the park bench.
5. What is Mrs. Beckoff's response to news of the impending adoption of David?
6. What do Arnold and Alan decide about their relationship?
7. Give a brief description of the opening to this scene.
8. What might be a couple reasons why Laurel's plan is not successful?
9. What is the significance of the term "Stretto" in this scene?
10. Who is Mrs. Beckoff and describe her initial impressions during her visit to Arnold.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
In "The International Stud: Scene 5," Ed talks to Arnold after Arnold's performance. Arnold expresses his hurt that Ed was/is unwilling to introduce Arnold to his parents as Ed's lover. 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 Ed is being fair to Arnold? Why or why not?
2. What do you think you would do if you were Arnold in this scene?
3. Have you ever had a friend or romantic interest that you would be unwilling or hesitant to introduce to your parents? Did you do it anyway? Why or why not?
4. If Arnold were to go to a therapist or "peer counselor" and describe the situation with Ed, what do you think that person would tell Arnold? Would you tell Arnold the same thing?
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