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

2. When does Laurel want Arnold to visit?

3. Over what does Ed feel discomfort?

4. Whose perspective is revealed in the conversation?

5. What reveals Arnold's remaining hurt over the end of the relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe Ed and David's interaction on the park bench.

3. What evidence is there that Arnold is not a regular in the back room of the International Bar?

4. How does this act end?

5. How does Ed think his parents feel about homosexuality and how does that figure into his dating Laurel?

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

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

8. Give a brief description of the opening to this scene.

9. What is happening from another part of the stage and how does it tie in with Arthur?

10. What is a side effect of the weekend visit of Alan and Arnold to Ed and Laurel's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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