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 might be a theme of this particularly scene?

2. What does the author seem to be revealing in this scene?

3. Where is Alan?

4. Why does Laurel say she is not inviting Alan and Arnold to her parent's home?

5. Who does David respect tremendously?

Essay Topics

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 the "The International Stud: Scene 4," Arnold frequents in a gay bar. 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 a bar is a good way to meet a prospective lover, be it homosexual or heterosexual?

2. Why do you think many single people choose to frequent bars as a place to meet someone?

3. What role do you think alcohol and/or other recreational drugs play in the bar scene?

4. What are some alternative ways/places to meet a prospective lover?

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