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. Why does Arnold go to the gay bar?

2. What happens when Arnold bends over to set a beer can down?

3. What does Arnold think of the gay bar scene?

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

5. Whose perspective is revealed in the conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Arnold and Laurel in the kitchen together?

2. What in this scene indicates the differences between the two couples?

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

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

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

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

7. Why do you think Ed Reiss insists that he dates women as well as men?

8. How does this act end?

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

10. 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?

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

Choose one of the following topics and write a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. Discuss the similarities and differences of the themes among the three plays.

2. Write a possible scene that takes place a year later.

3. Choose one character and follow his/her development and growth (or lack of growth).

Essay Topic 3

In "Fugue in a Nursery, Subject," in a conversation between Ed and Laurel, Ed restates his jealousy of Alan and the resentment of Alan's presence in Arnold's life and at the house this weekend. 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 it is fair for Ed to feel jealous of Arnold having Alan when Ed left Arnold for Laurel? Explain your opinion.

2. There is a saying that "one cannot help how s/he feels." Give your response to this statement, using examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Do you think Arnold is jealous of Laurel? Why or why not?

4. Even if a person cannot help how s/he feels, the person can control how s/he acts upon those feelings. Do you believe this statement is true? Why or why not? Give specific details to support your statements.

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