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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How much time has passed since the last scene?
2. What is Ed reading?
3. What are Arnold and Alan more resistant to than eating breakfast?
4. What gets in the way of Laurel's plans for the weekend?
5. How might Laurel have worked it out that her plan had been more successful?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1In "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 2The 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 3In 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?
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