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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 162

Examine arguments on both sides of the Karen Anne Quinlan decision. What did medical ethicists have to say about this case? What was the religious viewpoint? Others?

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The creation of a test-tube baby or an embryo that was fertilized in-vitro, or outside the womb, led to speculation of a sinister future involving cloning and genetic breeding. How has the goal for ‘‘eternal’’ life been realized in stem-cell research? How do you feel about living forever?

If suddenly you found out you were diagnosed with a fatal disease, how do you think you would react? What resources would you call upon to try and cope with the situation? What would you try to accomplish?

Discuss the topic of homosexuality as it relates to The Shadow Box. Critics have applauded Cristofer’s mention of the relationship between Brian and Mark. Study the subject of sexuality during the time period this play was written. How was the issue of homosexuality dealt with in the 1970s?

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