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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who calls Arnold?
2. What are Arnold and Alan more resistant to than eating breakfast?
3. What is the day when this act opens?
4. According to David, how has Arnold been since Alan's death?
5. What has the weekend stirred up?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In "Fugue in a Nursery: Prologue," it is obvious that Laurel and Ed end up together. Discuss one of the following topics in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:
1. Compare and contrast the way a heterosexual versus a homosexual relationship might be different in the day to day living of it.
2. Discuss how the lack of legal rights may help or hinder a gay relationship. Should homosexual relationships enjoy the benefits of legality? Why or why not.
3. Compare and contrast the attitude towards homosexuals in the early sixties with the attitudes in the first decade of the 21st century.
Essay Topic 3
Many times during the era when this play is written, and even now in the first decade of the 21st century, the stereotype of homosexuals, especially male homosexuals, was that they were promiscuous and both unwilling and unable to commit in a loving, monogamous relationship. Discuss the following ideas in a well-developed essay using specific examples both from the text and any research you complete:
1. Do you believe the characters in this play exhibit the stereotype discussed above? Support your answer with specific details from the text.
2. How do you think stereotypes are developed? Name several stereotypes you know about several groups or types of people. How accurate do you think those stereotypes are? Which of the stereotypes which you discussed in number 2 do you believe are true? Which do not seem to be true? Explain your answer.
3. Do you belong to a group for which there are stereotypes? How does that make you feel?
4. If you do not belong to a group which tend to be stereotyped, think of some negative characteristic or trait and pretend it is a stereotype for a group to which you belong (gender, race, age, etc.) How would you feel if everyone you met assumed you possessed that characteristic even before the person got to know you?
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