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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 know the Fire Chief?
(a) He just put out a fire in the kitchen.
(b) He is an old friend of the family.
(c) He is Mrs. Smith's first husband.
(d) They rode the train together.

2. To what does Mr. Smith compare doctors and their patients?
(a) Dogs and cats.
(b) The sun and the moon.
(c) Captains and their ships.
(d) Cats and mice.

3. When boarding the train to London, how did Mr. Martin assist Mrs. Martin?
(a) He placed her suitcase on the luggage rack.
(b) He held her coat.
(c) He moved to give her the window seat.
(d) He helped her find her seat.

4. Whom does Mr. Smith believe is honest?
(a) The Royal Navy.
(b) No one.
(c) Dr. Mackenzie-King.
(d) Mrs. Smith.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the Smiths doing while Mary recites her poem?

2. Why did the Fire Chief stand outside by the door for a long time before ringing the bell?

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

4. In the Fire Chief's story, "The Dog and the Cow", why didn't the dog swallow his trunk?

5. Why does Mrs. Smith scold Mary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What argument centers around the Watson family?

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

5. What is the significance of the mirror?

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

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

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

9. What revelation does Mary give about the Martin family?

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

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