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. Where is Laurel on the day after the weekend that Alan and Arnold visited Ed and her?

2. Upon what do all four characters on stage agree?

3. What has Laurel done?

4. What is Laurel's news?

5. Why did Ed call Arnold's bedroom what he did?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In "Fugue in a Nursery, Nursery: A Fugue," the action takes place in a huge bed in which Arnold, Alan, Laurel, and Ed all sit or recline depending on the action. The stage lights focus only on the characters that are speaking at the time, a staging element that eliminates the need for scenery. The characters stay in the bed even though they could be at completely different locations throughout the act. Discuss one of the following topics in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. How effective do you think this type of staging is?

2. If you were a director, how would you direct this type of staging?

3. Do you think this scene is staged this way solely to eliminate the need for scenery? What other reason might the author have for setting the stage this way?

4. Do you think an author should give any, many, or all the stage directions for a play s/he writes? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In "The International Stud: Scene 1," Arnold shares his frustrations at the lack of true love in his life despite all his attempts and all the humiliations and betrayals that plague a homosexual man. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:

1. What sort of humiliations and do you think a gay man might endure? From whom?

2. Do you believe it is okay to humiliate and harass gay men? Explain your point of view.

3. Have you ever been humiliated for some reason? How did you feel during the time it was happening?

4. Did it make you more or less likely to do the same to someone else?

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