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. To whom does the Judge compare himself?

2. What does Irma refuse to tell Arthur?

3. What is the reason Irma gives for having Arthur around?

4. What does Irma put on to see the Chief of Police?

5. Why do none of the girls think of Carmen as their real friend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Georgette do for the men after she bandages their wounds?

2. What happens after the huge explosion?

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

4. How do the others react when the Chief complains no one has wanted to pretend to be him?

5. Who does Irma believe will be the victors of this war?

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

7. What does the Chief say about his and the others' power?

8. What has the central committee been discussing?

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

10. What does Luke want with Chantal?

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

Irma is left alone on stage at the end of the play.

Part 1) To where have all the other characters gone? Why have they left?

Part 2) How is Irma different from the officials at the end of the play?

Part 3) Why has the the author changed Irma in a way that is different from the other characters?

Part 4) What is the meaning of the end of the play? Why is Irma left alone? Why is her monologue the way it is?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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