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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who seduces Alan?
2. About what does Laurel talk to Arnold?
3. What is a codetta?
4. What does Arnold regret?
5. What does Alan share with Arnold?
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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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