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. Why does Mary recite a poem?

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

3. Where do the Smith's live?

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

5. When traveling to London by train, in which coach does Mrs. Martin sit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What topic begins the conversation of the play?

2. How are the characters emotionally distant and disconnected?

3. Describe the Smith children.

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

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

6. What drama unfolds as the Martins wait for the Smiths?

7. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

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

9. What effect does the outcome of the play have on the characters?

10. How is repetition used as a literary device?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is "The Bald Soprano" considered an "anti-play?" What elements of traditional script development have been changed? How does the "anti-play" express its theme without the traditional elements of literature?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the development of the characters throughout the play. How do the characters relate to each other emotionally? What factors motivate the characters throughout the play? What progress is made in developing relationships by the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the mirror? How does each character view himself or herself? What fears exist among the characters when presented with the concept of personal reflection and how does that fear relate to the theme of the play?

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