Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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 one possible theme in this scene?
3. How does Arnold feel about the possible visit?
4. What is the relationship between Arnold and the person he is taking with him to Ed and Laurel's?
5. What does Laurel want?
Short Essay Questions
1. About what is Ed reading and what is opinion of the subject?
2. Describe how Laurel is feeling. Do you think she has the right to feel this way?
3. Why is Laurel mentioned in Ed's phone conversation with Arnold?
4. Who is Mrs. Beckoff and describe her initial impressions during her visit to Arnold.
5. What do Arnold and Alan decide about their relationship?
6. Why do you think Ed Reiss insists that he dates women as well as men?
7. Describe Ed and David's interaction on the park bench.
8. With whom is Ed speaking and what is the content of the conversation?
9. Define the term "fugue," and how it is applicable in this scene.
10. Why does Ed think Laurel is attracted to gay men?
In "Fugue in a Nursery, Coda," several things are revealed: Laurel leaves Ed; Ed justifies sex with Alan, and Alan and Arnold commit to a permanent relationship. 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. Trace the development and the ups and downs of Arnold and Ed's relationship. Evaluate the various phases of their relationship and give your opinions and evaluation of the relationship.
2. The men seem to think of the sexual liaison between Alan and Arnold as basic human frailties, while Laurel seems to view it as a serious hindrance to Ed and her relationship. Discuss the stereotyped differences between men and women's attitudes toward sex, monogamy and intimacy; then comment about whether you think these stereotypes are more or less accurate in reality.
3. Alan and Arnold seem to work out their relationship (at least for now) despite Alan's infidelity; whereas, Ed and Laurel are having a rougher time getting past Ed's infidelity. In evaluting both couples' relationships as revealed throughout the entire trilogy, discuss what are the signs and foreshadowing that the two couples would resolve the problem in the way that they did. Which couple do you think was the wiser? Healthier? Had a stronger desire to be together?
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?
In the second "Fugue in a Nursery, Stretto," Ed seduces Alan in the barn despite being in a supposedly monogamous relationship with Laurel. 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 Ed is so attracted to Alan?
2. Do you think Ed is actually gay and cannot resist being with men? Explain.
3. Do you think what Ed does is immoral? If yes, for what reasons? If no, why not?
4. Is it possible that Ed is bisexual? If so, how do you think he can resolve wanting to be with both men and women? Is a monogamous relationship possible for a bisexual individual?
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