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. Which character does Mrs. Smith advise to read poetry before a mirror?

2. In the Fire Chief's story, "The Headcold", what is the main subject of the story?

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

4. Which character suddenly says, "I've been goosed."?

5. What does Mrs. Smith ask the Fire Chief to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ironic elements exist in the play?

2. How do the characters deviate from their assigned stations in life?

3. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

4. Describe Mary.

5. Describe the plot behind Mrs. Smith's story of the man who bought flowers.

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

7. How is the plot developed in the play?

8. What role does the clock play in the drama?

9. Describe Mr. Martin.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

What is the role of the clock in the play? What significance does time have for the characters? What parallels can be drawn between the chiming of the clock and the progress of the action and dialogue?

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