Torch Song Trilogy Test | 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 does Laurel plan to accomplish over the weekend?

2. What gets in the way of Laurel's plans for the weekend?

3. Why is Mrs. Beckoff coming to visit Arnold?

4. What does Mrs. Beckoff believe at first about David when David arrives?

5. What does each person begin to question?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Fugue in a Nursery, Subject," in a conversation between Ed and Laurel, Ed restates his jealousy of Alan and the resentment of Alan's presence in Arnold's life and at the house this weekend. 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 it is fair for Ed to feel jealous of Arnold having Alan when Ed left Arnold for Laurel? Explain your opinion.

2. There is a saying that "one cannot help how s/he feels." Give your response to this statement, using examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Do you think Arnold is jealous of Laurel? Why or why not?

4. Even if a person cannot help how s/he feels, the person can control how s/he acts upon those feelings. Do you believe this statement is true? Why or why not? Give specific details to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

In "Fugue in a Nursery: Prologue," Laurel calls Arnold and invites him to come and visit her and Ed on the upcoming weekend. Arnold, with some hesitancy, accepts the invitation. 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 Arnold accepted Laurel's invitation?

2. If you were Arnold, would you have gone for the weekend? Would you have taken your current love interest or not? Why or why not?

3. Some people stay friends with past lovers and some never want to see them again. Which choice do you think is healthier? Explain.

4. If you were Arnold, would you have questions as to Laurel's motives for the invitation? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In "The International Stud: Scene 3," Arnold finally contacts Ed, who admits he is dating a woman. It seems likely from the conversation between Arnold and Ed that Ed is very aware of family and societal pressures to be "normal." 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. In what ways does the culture in which you live define normalcy as heterosexuality? Use examples from movies, t.v., school, church, and other cultural institutions. Discuss the ramifications of bucking cultural pressure and living life as a homosexual.

2. How does one's family of origin help shape one's perceptions of what is normal? What sort of overt, covert, and unconscious pressure is placed on one to conform to one's family's definition of normal? What are some behaviors and beliefs that are considered normal? Give examples both from the play, Torch Song Triology and your own life.

3. Discuss three famous people who have chosen to live apart from what is considered normal: not necessarily as homosexuals, but in any way that society might label as different or not normal. Do you admire these people's choices? Do they violate any moral laws according to how you have been raised. Could you see your self making a similar choice? Include, if you are comfortable in doing so, ways that you have chosen to be or do what is considered not normal.

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