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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 excuse do the Martins give for their tardiness?
(a) None.
(b) Mary wouldn't answer the door.
(c) They got lost.
(d) The train was late.

2. What is unusual about the lighting at the end of the last scene?
(a) The lights flicker on and off.
(b) The lighting turns red while Mr. Smith is speaking.
(c) The stage is black while the characters are speaking.
(d) The lighting turns blue while Mrs. Smith is speaking.

3. Why does Mrs. Martin want the Fire Chief to retell the story of "The Headcold"?
(a) She could not follow the story.
(b) She wants Mary to hear the story.
(c) She wanted to write it down.
(d) She loved the story.

4. What is unusual about the dialogue on the last page of the play?
(a) It is filled with expletives.
(b) It is filled with quotes from famous British authors.
(c) It is random and makes no sense.
(d) It is in German.

5. What does Mrs. Smith ask the Fire Chief to do?
(a) Pour the tea.
(b) Stand behind the divan.
(c) Answer the door.
(d) Take off his helmet and sit down.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the Fire Chief ring the doorbell?

2. What is Mr. Martin's first name?

3. What time is it when the clock strikes 17 times at the beginning of the play?

4. According to the Fire Chief, how does he know Mary?

5. What is unusual about Mrs. Smith's statement about having changed her dress?

Short Essay Questions

1. What cycle exists in the play?

2. How are the characters emotionally distant and disconnected?

3. Describe the setting of the play.

4. Describe Mrs. Smith.

5. Describe Mary.

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

7. How does the conversation among the Smiths and the Martins change after the Fire Chief leaves?

8. Describe Mr. Martin.

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

10. How is Realism used in the play?

(see the answer keys)

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