The Balcony Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Third Man ask Chantal?

2. What does the Prisoner call the Executioner, as she pleads with him?

3. How does Carmen feel after dressing up as the Virgin Mary for a bank clerk's fantasy?

4. What does the Chief of Police vow?

5. What does Chantal say she has to offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the visitor?

2. Who announces the Queen? What does he say?

3. What takes place between the General and the Girl in the black corset?

4. Describe the arrival of the Chief of Police.

5. What has the central committee been discussing?

6. Why are the other girls no longer friends with Carmen?

7. How does Scene 2 open?

8. What are the characters' reactions after they leave the balcony?

9. What do the Chief and Irma realize will happen when they begin playing their roles?

10. How do the others react to Roger's castration?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Chantal was once a prostitute at the whorehouse.

Part 1) Why is she no longer working there?

Part 2) Is she successful at what she is doing now? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does she act as a symbol?

Part 4) What is her fate? What is the purpose of this?

Essay Topic 2

Photographers arrive to take pictures of the officials.

Part 1) What do the Photographers do with the officials? Why do they do this?

Part 2) What is the Queen's reaction to this? How does the Envoy respond to her reaction?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on both of their reactions? Are these the responses you would expected from them? Why or why not?

Part 4) What is the purpose of this scene? How is it relevant to your own life?

Essay Topic 3

The title of the play is significant.

Part 1) What has the same name in the play? What is the significance of both of these locations?

Part 2) What is a theme of the play? How does "The Balcony" reiterate the theme?

Part 3) If this play were updated, what would be the new title of the play? Why would this be the title?

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