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 Chantal want to do?

2. How much money does Carmen say the whorehouse has earned?

3. Why is it dangerous for people to be out in the streets?

4. Who is on his hands and knees in front of the Prisoner?

5. What is the gleam the girls see in the eyes of the men participating in the fantasies?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do those on the balcony react to Chantal's appearance?

2. What is the only thing Chantal wants to do?

3. What is Irma wearing for the Chief of Police?

4. Who is the visitor?

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

6. Why do Carmen and the Queen run out of the room?

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

8. What is the Judge's fantasy?

9. How does Irma feel about their fate?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The setting of the play is a whorehouse.

Part 1) What is the name of the whorehouse? What is significant about its name?

Part 2) What does the whorehouse offer its visitors?

Part 3) Why has the author used a whorehouse as the setting? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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