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. According to Mrs. Smith, what did the Smith's son want to drink at dinner?

2. What treatment does Dr. Mackenzie-King recommend for appendicitis?

3. According to Mrs. Martin, when can one sit down in a chair?

4. Why does Mrs. Smith scold Mary?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

2. How is the play both a comedy and a tragedy?

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

4. Describe the discussion that centers around Dr. Mackenzie-King.

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

6. What illogical elements exist in the play?

7. How are the characters emotionally distant and disconnected?

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

9. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

10. What comedic coincidences exist in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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?

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