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

2. What does Arthur suggest may be in the audience that night?

3. What is the relationship between Arnold and the person he is taking with him to Ed and Laurel's?

4. At what does Ed hint?

5. Where is Arnold at the opening of this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the main character present at the opening of this scene and what is the setting?

2. Who is Mrs. Beckoff and describe her initial impressions during her visit to Arnold.

3. What is the resolution at the end of this scene?

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

5. Describe Ed's thoughts about the weekend so far.

6. What is the purpose of Laurel's phone call to Ed. What do you think are her motives?

7. Describe the opening to this scene.

8. Describe the opening of this scene.

9. What potential conflicts could ensue by the coming together of Arnold, Ed, and Alan?

10. When and why is Laurel visiting Arnold?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The International Stud: Scene 1," Arnold shares his frustrations at the lack of true love in his life despite all his attempts and all the humiliations and betrayals that plague a homosexual man. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. What sort of humiliations and do you think a gay man might endure? From whom?

2. Do you believe it is okay to humiliate and harass gay men? Explain your point of view.

3. Have you ever been humiliated for some reason? How did you feel during the time it was happening?

4. Did it make you more or less likely to do the same to someone else?

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

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).

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