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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Mr. Smith claim to know the Fire Chief's mother?
(a) They rode the train together.
(b) She courted Mr. Smith.
(c) She was in the kitchen when it caught fire.
(d) She was Mr. Smith's first wife.

2. According to Mr. Smith, what is the reason for a ringing doorbell?
(a) The fire is out.
(b) No one is at the door.
(c) The tea is ready.
(d) Someone is at the door waiting to be admitted.

3. According to Mrs. Smith, what other position does a Fire Chief hold?
(a) A confessor.
(b) Magistrate.
(c) Police Chief.
(d) A conductor.

4. According to Mr. Martin, what other job might a maid like Mary be able to perform?
(a) Seamstress.
(b) Detective.
(c) Firefighter.
(d) Typist.

5. What is the Fire Chief's verbal answer to Mrs. Smith's request?
(a) He says he will take off his helmet, but cannot sit.
(b) He says he will sit on the divan.
(c) He denies knowing how to answer a door properly.
(d) He agress to pour the tea.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which part of the alphabet does Mr. Smith quote in the last scene?

2. What inconsistencies exist about Mr. and Mrs. Watson's children?

3. What comment does Mrs. Smith make about the Fire Chief's story, "The Headcold"?

4. Which machine does Mrs. Smith imitate in the last scene?

5. Who briefly begins the play again after the last scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Fire Chief.

2. Describe the Mr. and Mrs. Martin's daughter.

3. What comedic coincidences exist in the play?

4. How do Mary and the Fire Chief shock the Smiths and the Martins?

5. What unspoken rules of society are broken by the characters?

6. How do the characters react to Mary's poem, "The Fire"?

7. Why are the Smiths angry with Mary when she announces the arrival of the Martins?

8. How does the Fire Chief settle the argument over the doorbell?

9. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

10. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

(see the answer keys)

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