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. Why does Irma have to love Carmen in secret?

2. Why are these experiences important?

3. What does Irma feel for Carmen?

4. How does Irma speak about her business?

5. What are the only things that are real to Irma?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Carmen and the prostitutes feel about their work?

2. What is the Judge's fantasy?

3. How does the Bishop lose control?

4. How does Irma feel about the experiences she provides?

5. What does Irma believe will happen to her business, if the rebels are successful?

6. What is Carmen's role in the whorehouse?

7. How does Roger feel about Chantal singing for the crowd?

8. How does Scene 2 open?

9. Why is it difficult to retain prostitutes?

10. What happens to Chantal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The whorehouse's visitors who pretend to be the Bishop, the Judge, and the General play those roles in real life.

Part 1) How do they get this opportunity? How do they feel about playing these roles in public?

Part 2) How does this opportunity change them? Could they effectively continue to play these roles? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this change affect their fates? What relevance does this have in real life?

Essay Topic 2

Irma believes if the rebels win, she will be out of business.

Part 1) Why does she believe this? What does she believe is the fate of herself and her prostitutes?

Part 2) In the end, is this her fate? Why or why not?

Part 3) Is Irma right about the rebels? Why or why not?

Part 4) Are the men in the rebellion different than the men Irma knows? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Roger is a surprising visitor at the whorehouse.

Part 1) Why is he there? What does he do to himself? Why might he have done this?

Part 2) How do the others react to his presence and his surprising actions?

Part 3) What are your reactions to reading what he has done? Compare your reactions to the other characters' reactions.

Part 4) Why is your reaction different or the same as the other characters?

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