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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. What does Mary want to tell the rest of the cast after all the stories have been told?
(a) They are ridiculous people.
(b) She wants to quit.
(c) Her own story.
(d) It is time for bed.

2. Who is Mrs. Smith waiting for to see her at her windmill?
(a) The aquaduct.
(b) Mr. Smith.
(c) The cat.
(d) The turkeys.

3. How does Mary contradict Mr. and Mrs. Martin's conclusion?
(a) She says they are not who they claim to be.
(b) She applauds.
(c) She sighs and says, "Just like last week."
(d) She reprimands them for being foolish.

4. According to Mr. Smith, if a schoolmaster teaches his pupils to read, what does a cat do for its young?
(a) Suckle them when they are small.
(b) Sends them away.
(c) Teach them to hunt.
(d) Nothing.

5. What comment does Mrs. Martin make about Mary's poem?
(a) It sent chills up her spine.
(b) There was a certain warmth in the lines.
(c) It was timid, dull, and exciting.
(d) It was marvelous.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before he leaves, what comment does the Fire Chief make that causes embarrassment to the other characters?

2. According to Mr. Martin, what improves social progress?

3. Which mildly offensive word does Mrs. Smith begin to chant after Mr. Smith begins his bird name chant?

4. What sound do the Smiths argue about?

5. According to Mr. Martin, what is below the ceiling?

Short Essay Questions

1. What point is Ionesco attempting to make about conversation?

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

3. What is the point of the story, "The Headcold"?

4. What role does the clock play in the drama?

5. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

6. Describe the discussion that centers around Dr. Mackenzie-King.

7. What satirical elements exist in the play?

8. What is the significance of the mirror?

9. What illogical elements exist in the play?

10. What effect does the outcome of the play have on the characters?

(see the answer keys)

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