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 will Ed not introduce Arnold to his parents?

2. Of what could the bed setting be symbolic?

3. What is the setting at the opening of this scene?

4. Whose perspective is revealed in the conversation?

5. Who is at home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the fight between Arnold and his mother after the news of David's adoption was discusssed.

2. What does Arnold reveal in his one-sided dialogue?

3. How is the conversation between Alan and Arnold stalled?

4. How does Arthur's monologue reflect an underlying optimism or hope?

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

6. What happens when Arnold gets Ed on the phone?

7. Upon what do the two couples seem to agree?

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

9. Why does Ed think Laurel is attracted to gay men?

10. Describe the opening to this scene.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The International Stud: Scene 5," Ed talks to Arnold after Arnold's performance. Arnold expresses his hurt that Ed was/is unwilling to introduce Arnold to his parents as Ed's lover. 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 Ed is being fair to Arnold? Why or why not?

2. What do you think you would do if you were Arnold in this scene?

3. Have you ever had a friend or romantic interest that you would be unwilling or hesitant to introduce to your parents? Did you do it anyway? Why or why not?

4. If Arnold were to go to a therapist or "peer counselor" and describe the situation with Ed, what do you think that person would tell Arnold? Would you tell Arnold the same thing?

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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