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. Who briefly begins the play again after the last scene?

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

3. In the Fire Chief's story about the young calf, why did the calf give birth to a cow?

4. According to the Fire Chief, what is the reason for a ringing doorbell?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

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

3. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

4. Why does the Fire Chief leave the Smiths' house?

5. What revelation does Mary give about the Martin family?

6. How does the play parody English society?

7. Describe Mr. Smith.

8. How are nonsensical words used in the play?

9. How do the characters deviate from their assigned stations in life?

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

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 is the play's plot developed? What conflicts arise and how are they resolved? How does Ionesco's method of plot development compare to the traditional literary method of creating plot development? What effect does Ionesco's style of plot development have on communicating the theme of the play?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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