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 the Fire Chief, who is insured against fires?

2. According to Mr. Martin, who is Edward?

3. What is Mrs. Watson's profession?

4. According to Mrs. Martin, why have there been so few fires the past year?

5. Why does the Fire Chief refuse to visit the Vicar of Wakefield?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mrs. Smith.

2. What official business has the Fire Chief visiting the Smiths?

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

4. What is the purpose of the meaningless banter among the characters?

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

6. What point is Ionesco attempting to make about conversation?

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

8. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

9. Who is Bobby Watson?

10. How does Mr. Smith know the Fire Chief?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What contradictions exist in the play? How do actions contradict statements? Describe how contradictions are used motivate the action and express the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 2

What cycle or cycles are evident in the play? How is dialogue and action used to develop the cycle(s)? What purpose do these cycles serve and how do they communicate the theme of the play?

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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