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. According to Mr. Smith, what are the names of the Watson children?

2. Who briefly begins the play again after the last scene?

3. Why didn't Mr. Martin see himself in the mirror that morning?

4. According to the Fire Chief, why did the young woman asphyxiate?

5. What city do the Martin's have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mrs. Smith.

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

4. How do the characters react to Mary's poem, "The Fire"?

5. What topic begins the conversation of the play?

6. How does the Fire Chief settle the argument over the doorbell?

7. What conflicts arise in the play and how are they resolved?

8. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

9. Who is Bobby Watson?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the characteristics of the style "Theater of the Absurd". How does absurdist drama communicate its theme? How does this style differ from other traditional forms of drama? What is the purpose of an absurdist play?

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 the play's plot developed? What conflicts arise and how are they resolved? How does Ionesco's method of plot development compare to the traditional literary method of creating plot development? What effect does Ionesco's style of plot development have on communicating the theme of the play?

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