The Bald Soprano Test | Final 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 is the name of Mrs. Martin's daughter?

2. Whom does Mr. Martin claim is going crazy?

3. According to the Fire Chief, what is the reason for a ringing doorbell?

4. What line do all the characters on stage chant at the end of the last scene?

5. On what street does Mrs. Martin live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What topic begins the conversation of the play?

2. Describe the story of the calf that gave birth to a cow.

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

4. Describe the plot and the moral behind the story, "The Dog and the Cow."

5. Describe Mary.

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

7. Describe Mr. Smith.

8. What argument erupts over the doorbell?

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

10. How are the characters emotionally distant and disconnected?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What stereotypes are found within the play? What is the purpose of each stereotype? Is any change evident in the development of the characters, and how does character development affect the progress of the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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