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. Why is the Chief of Police disappointed?

3. What type of reputation does The Balcony have?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Chantal feel about the outcome of her singing?

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

4. What do the characters say about the order of authority?

5. What has the central committee been discussing?

6. What role does the Chief of Police hope someone will play?

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

8. Who is the visitor?

9. What happens after the second explosion?

10. Describe the arrival of the Chief of Police.

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

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?

(see the answer keys)

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