Torch Song Trilogy Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The second problem in "The International Stud: Scene 1," of which Arnold shares is the fact that he has gone through some betrayals. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. What is your definition of a betrayal?

2. Discuss a famous incident that you know of or that you research in which someone has betrayed someone else. What were the facts about the situation? Why do you think it occurred? Could the problem have been avoided?

3. Have you been betrayed by a family member or friend? Discuss as much of the situation as you are comfortable to do so and its resolution. Did your relationship change after the betrayal?

4. If you have not felt betrayed by someone in your life and cannot answer question three, discuss whether you have or would be willing to betray someone and for what reasons.

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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