Torch Song Trilogy Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What characters are on stage at the opening of this scene?

2. How does David respond to Arnold telling him that Arnold still intends to adopt David?

3. Where is Laurel visiting Arnold?

4. Where do Laurel's parents live?

5. What has Laurel done?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the scene titled, "Fugue in a Nursery, Counter Subject," Arnold and Alan are resistant to joining Ed and Laurel in their "normal" Sunday routine. 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 how the term "Counter Subject" is used in musical compositions (particularly in the musical composition of a fugue) and how it is applicable to the action of this scene. Be sure to use specific examples and details.

2. Using the entire play as a source of material, outline Laurel's actions and manipulations, both implied and explicit, and discuss whether she has been successful and appropriate in her behavior.

3. Discuss the commonalities among all the main characters, (Arnold, Alan, Ed, and Laurel) as to their wants and needs as human beings in relationship. Can their needs/desires be universal to all humans? Explain.

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