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 information does Mr. Smith find missing from the paper?

2. How does Mr. Smith calm the agitated Mrs. Smith before the Martins arrive?

3. How does Mary contradict Mr. and Mrs. Martin's conclusion?

4. What advice does the Fire Chief give the Smiths after the doorbell discussion has ended?

5. What is Mr. Martin's first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the play parody English society?

2. How is mediocrity presented in the play?

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

4. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.

5. What comedic coincidences exist in the play?

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

7. What ironic elements exist in the play?

8. How do the characters react to Mary's poem, "The Fire"?

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

10. Describe the story of "The Snake and the Fox."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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