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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 Mrs. Smith, what was saltier than the soup?
2. What is the trade held by all the Watsons?
3. What treatment does Dr. Mackenzie-King recommend for appendicitis?
4. Why does the Fire Chief refuse to visit the Vicar of Wakefield?
5. Why did the Fire Chief stand outside by the door for a long time before ringing the bell?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Realism used in the play?
2. What drama unfolds as the Martins wait for the Smiths?
3. What is the significance of the mirror?
4. Describe the Mr. and Mrs. Martin's daughter.
5. Describe Mary.
6. How are nonsensical words used in the play?
7. Describe the story of the calf that gave birth to a cow.
8. What is the point of the story, "The Headcold"?
9. How is mediocrity presented in the play?
10. Why is "The Bald Soprano" also called "the anti-play"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the development of the characters throughout the play. How do the characters relate to each other emotionally? What factors motivate the characters throughout the play? What progress is made in developing relationships by the end of the play?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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