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 Mr. Martin, what improves social progress?

2. Why does Mrs. Smith believe the Martins must have interesting stories to tell?

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

4. What would Mr. Martin rather do than steal an ox?

5. What complaint does Mrs. Smith have about men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mrs. Martin.

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

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

5. How does the conversation among the Smiths and the Martins change after the Fire Chief leaves?

6. How does the play parody English society?

7. Describe the story of "The Cock."

8. What argument centers around the Watson family?

9. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

10. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

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 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 3

How is irony used to advance the action of the play and express the theme? What role does sarcasm play in the play's irony? How are irony and sarcasm effective tools when used in the context of the play?

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