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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. What does Mr. Smith enjoy when he is in the country?

2. Which character suddenly says, "I've been goosed."?

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

4. According to Mrs. Martin, what did the third wife from the story "The Headcold" do while sitting on a hornet's nest?

5. Why doesn't Mr. Smith believe that Dr. Mackenzie-King is a good doctor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Smith children.

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

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

5. What official business has the Fire Chief visiting the Smiths?

6. What comedic coincidences exist in the play?

7. Describe the story of the calf that gave birth to a cow.

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

9. What illogical elements exist in the play?

10. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the effect the outcome of the play has on the characters. List examples of how the characters have been affected by their conversation. What effect might the outcome of the play have on the audience? Compare and contrast the audience's potential reaction to the play with that of the character's reaction to the evening.

Essay Topic 2

How are satire and parody used to expose different aspects of the theme? What elements are exposed to ridicule and mimicked? How does Ionesco use humor to condemn the behavior of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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