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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Upon what do all four characters on stage agree?
2. What characters the apartment and why did they leave?
3. What does each couple enjoy?
4. What is implied in the song Arnold sings?
5. What does Arnold believe validates Laurel's attraction to gay men?
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 "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.
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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