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. What does Mr. Smith enjoy when he is in the country?

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

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

4. According to Mrs. Martin, what did the third wife from the story "The Headcold" do while sitting on a hornet's nest?

5. Why doesn't Mr. Smith believe that Dr. Mackenzie-King is a good doctor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Smith children.

3. How are pity and fear used to evoke a response from the audience?

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

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

6. What comedic coincidences exist 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. What illogical elements exist in the play?

10. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is language altered in the play? What is the purpose of altering the language and how do the alterations affect the flow of conversation? Define three specific points where language is suddenly altered, and hypothesize as to the reason behind those sudden changes.

Essay Topic 2

What societal rules are broken in the play and how does the blatant disregard for other characters feelings reflect the value each character places on the others? Based on their actions within the society on stage, what value do the characters place on themselves? How does the disregard for others feelings contrast with the appearance of polite English society the characters attempt to emulate?

Essay Topic 3

How are satire and parody used to expose different aspects of the theme? What elements are exposed to ridicule and mimicked? How does Ionesco use humor to condemn the behavior of the characters?

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