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. In the last scene of the play, who would Mr. Martin like to slap?

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

3. What constantly interrupts Mrs. Martin's storytelling?

4. According to the Fire Chief, who puts out the Vicar's fires?

5. According to the Fire Chief, why can't he put out a fire at a naturalized citizen's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the characters emotionally distant and disconnected?

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

3. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

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

5. How is repetition used as a literary device?

6. What effect does the outcome of the play have on the characters?

7. What is the significance of the mirror?

8. Describe Mary.

9. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

10. How is the play both a comedy and a tragedy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How is conversation utilized in the play? What topics are discussed throughout the conversation? How do characters interact with each other throughout the conversation? Is the conversation productive?

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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