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. What silly name do Mrs. Smith and Mr. Martin create out of Robert Browning and Rudyard Kipling's names?

2. According to Mr. Martin, if a person sells an ox today, what will he have tomorrow?

3. According to Mrs. Martin, what is honorable?

4. What are the Smiths doing while Mary recites her poem?

5. According to Mr. Smith, what will happen if one caresses a circle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Realism used in the play?

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

4. Describe the Fire Chief.

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

6. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

7. What satirical elements exist in the play?

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

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

10. What cycle exists in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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