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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. According to Mrs. Smith, what must one look out of in real life?
3. According to Mr. Martin, what other job might a maid like Mary be able to perform?
4. Why is it difficult to identify the members of the Watson clan?
5. Who is Mrs. Smith waiting for to see her at her windmill?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the Fire Chief have difficulty finding a fire?
2. What point is Ionesco attempting to make about conversation?
3. How is repetition used as a literary device?
4. How does the conversation among the Smiths and the Martins change after the Fire Chief leaves?
5. How are nonsensical words used in the play?
6. What illogical elements exist in the play?
7. What topic begins the conversation of the play?
8. Describe the discussion that centers around Dr. Mackenzie-King.
9. Describe the plot behind Mrs. Smith's story of the man who bought flowers.
10. What satirical elements exist in the play?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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