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 does Mr. Smith refuse to follow the advice he is given by the Fire Chief?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

3. Why is "The Bald Soprano" also called "the anti-play"?

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

5. How does the play parody English society?

6. How is contradiction used as a literary device?

7. Describe the story of "The Cock."

8. What official business has the Fire Chief visiting the Smiths?

9. Describe the Fire Chief.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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