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. How does Mary contradict Mr. and Mrs. Martin's conclusion?

2. What is the trade held by all the Watsons?

3. What excuse do the Martins give for their tardiness?

4. What does Bobby Watson do on Tuesdays?

5. What question does the Fire Chief ask the Smiths?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What cycle exists in the play?

3. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

4. How are nonsensical words used in the play?

5. What unspoken rules of society are broken by the characters?

6. What ironic elements exist in the play?

7. Why is "The Bald Soprano" also called "the anti-play"?

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

9. How does the play parody English society?

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

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 conversation utilized in the play? What topics are discussed throughout the conversation? How do characters interact with each other throughout the conversation? Is the conversation productive?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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