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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. With what unamazing story does Mrs. Martin amaze the Smiths?
(a) She saw a man kneeling to tie his shoelace.
(b) The train stopped three times before arriving at the station.
(c) Her grandmother has caught a cold.
(d) She saw a dog barking at a mailman.

2. What did Mrs. Martin see a man doing on the Underground?
(a) Reading a newspaper.
(b) Sneezing.
(c) Tying his shoelace.
(d) Running up and down the tracks.

3. According to Mrs. Martin, why have there been so few fires the past year?
(a) The price of tea has been terribly high.
(b) The tariffs have been too high.
(c) The children are too well behaved.
(d) The rain has been too heavy.

4. What are the Smiths doing while Mary recites her poem?
(a) Humming.
(b) Drinking tea.
(c) Waltzing.
(d) Pushing her offstage.

5. Which character admits to reading poetry before a mirror?
(a) Mr. Martin.
(b) Mr. Smith.
(c) Mrs. Martin.
(d) Mary.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mr. Martin, if a person sells an ox today, what will he have tomorrow?

2. What is the trade held by all the Watsons?

3. How does Mary contradict Mr. and Mrs. Martin's conclusion?

4. Which character does Mrs. Smith advise to read poetry before a mirror?

5. What excuse does Mrs. Smith give for Mr. Smith's ill temper?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are pity and fear used to evoke a response from the audience?

2. What argument erupts over the doorbell?

3. Describe the plot and the moral behind the story, "The Dog and the Cow."

4. What comedic coincidences exist in the play?

5. Why does the Fire Chief leave the Smiths' house?

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

7. Why is "The Bald Soprano" also called "the anti-play"?

8. What illogical elements exist in the play?

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

10. How do the characters deviate from their assigned stations in life?

(see the answer keys)

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