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. When traveling to London by train, in what class compartment does Mr. Martin ride?

2. According to Mr. Martin, what improves social progress?

3. Why does Mary scold Mr. and Mrs. Martin?

4. In the last scene of the play, who would Mr. Martin like to slap?

5. How long was the Fire Chief standing outside the house by the door?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

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

3. Describe Mrs. Martin.

4. What is the significance of the Martins beginning the play at the end of the drama?

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

6. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

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

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

9. Describe Mary.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What societal rules are broken in the play and how does the blatant disregard for other characters feelings reflect the value each character places on the others? Based on their actions within the society on stage, what value do the characters place on themselves? How does the disregard for others feelings contrast with the appearance of polite English society the characters attempt to emulate?

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