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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. Where are all of the characters in the opening of this scene?
2. What is Laurel's knowledge of the fact that Ed and Arnold were once lovers?
3. Who plays a drag queen in this scene?
4. Who is Ed dating?
5. How does Arnold make a living?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the interactions of the characters on stage at the opening of this act.
2. What is happening from another part of the stage and how does it tie in with Arthur?
3. What musical term is used in this scene and explain why it is used.
4. What is the purpose of Laurel's phone call to Ed. What do you think are her motives?
5. What is a side effect of the weekend visit of Alan and Arnold to Ed and Laurel's?
6. Who is Mrs. Beckoff and describe her initial impressions during her visit to Arnold.
7. Describe Ed and David's interaction on the park bench.
8. Explain why Laurel invited Arnold for the weekend and whether her plan is successful.
9. Give an example of the sexual liaison in the back room and how you interpret the example.
10. Describe the opening to this scene.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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 "Fugue in a Nursery: Prologue," Laurel calls Arnold and invites him to come and visit her and Ed on the upcoming weekend. Arnold, with some hesitancy, accepts the invitation. 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 Arnold accepted Laurel's invitation?
2. If you were Arnold, would you have gone for the weekend? Would you have taken your current love interest or not? Why or why not?
3. Some people stay friends with past lovers and some never want to see them again. Which choice do you think is healthier? Explain.
4. If you were Arnold, would you have questions as to Laurel's motives for the invitation? Explain.
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