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 Arthur's conversation with Irma reveal?

2. How does the Chief of Police resemble the other officials from the first few scenes?

3. What does the Chief say he will do when the rebellion is over?

4. Why does Irma have trouble replacing prostitutes?

5. Who has just arrived at the end of the scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the Queen say about the Chief's tomb?

5. How do those on the balcony appear?

6. What does the Bishop do when he sees his reflection in the mirror?

7. Why is it difficult to retain prostitutes?

8. What do the characters do when the Photographers arrive?

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

10. What does Luke want with Chantal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Chief of Police and Irma are in love.

Part 1) Why do they not express their love?

Part 2) How does their love change throughout the play?

Part 3) How is their relationship at the end of the play? Why?

Part 4) How does Irma feel about their relationship at the end of the play? Use the text to support your response.

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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