The Bald Soprano Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which machine does Mrs. Smith imitate in the last scene?

2. Why does the Fire Chief refuse to visit Mr. Durand?

3. Whom does Mr. Smith claim has not been properly brought up?

4. Who might pay for the Watson children's schooling?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

4. What is the significance of the mirror?

5. Who is Bobby Watson?

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

7. How did Mary spend her day before the Martins arrive?

8. How do Mary and the Fire Chief shock the Smiths and the Martins?

9. Describe the story of "The Snake and the Fox."

10. How is repetition used as a literary device?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are emotional responses elicited from the audience during the play? List the emotional responses you feel Ionesco was attempting to elicit from the audience and the techniques he used to evoke those emotions. How do Ionesco's techniques compare to those found in more traditional plays? How important is the audience's emotional connection to the dialogue and action in communicating the theme of the play?

Essay Topic 2

How does the lack of logic affect the dialogue and action among the characters? What effect does illogical reasoning have on the stability of the conversation? List at three specific incidents involving illogical reasoning or behavior and discuss how each scene supports the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 3

What coincidences exist in the play? How are coincidences used to create humor? List at three specific incidents involving coincidences and discuss how each scene supports the theme of the play.

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