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. Why can't the Fire Chief retell the story of "The Headcold"?

2. In the last scene, where does Mr. Smith wish to live?

3. What inconsistencies exist about Mrs. Watson's appearance?

4. When boarding the train to London, how did Mr. Martin assist Mrs. Martin?

5. Why is it difficult to identify the members of the Watson clan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What revelation does Mary give about the Martin family?

3. How are the characters emotionally distant and disconnected?

4. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.

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

6. Describe the Mr. and Mrs. Martin's daughter.

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

8. What dull story does Mrs. Martin tell to amaze Mr. Martin and the Smiths?

9. Why are the Smiths angry with Mary when she announces the arrival of the Martins?

10. Why does the Fire Chief have difficulty finding a fire?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What coincidences exist in the play? How are coincidences used to create humor? List at three specific incidents involving coincidences and discuss how each scene supports the theme of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Why is "The Bald Soprano" considered an "anti-play?" What elements of traditional script development have been changed? How does the "anti-play" express its theme without the traditional elements of literature?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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