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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 time is it when the clock strikes 17 times at the beginning of the play?
(a) Seven o'clock.
(b) Seventeen o'clock.
(c) Twelve o'clock.
(d) Nine o'clock.

2. Why did the Fire Chief stand outside by the door for a long time before ringing the bell?
(a) He was humming.
(b) He was looking for a fire.
(c) He was talking to Mary.
(d) He was thinking.

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

4. In the story, "The Headcold", what was blonde Marie's profession?
(a) A schoolteacher.
(b) A typist.
(c) A grocer.
(d) A monophysite priest.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the Fire Chief need to leave the Smiths' house?

2. What constantly interrupts Mrs. Martin's storytelling?

3. What inconsistencies exist about Bobby Watson's demise?

4. What does Mrs. Smith ask the Fire Chief to do?

5. What does Mrs. Smith recommend giving the Watsons for a wedding present?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of the meaningless banter among the characters?

4. What dull story does Mrs. Martin tell to amaze Mr. Martin and the Smiths?

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

6. What is the significance of the Martins beginning the play at the end of the drama?

7. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

8. What conflicts arise in the play and how are they resolved?

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

10. Describe Mrs. Martin.

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