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 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

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

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 3

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.

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