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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 would Mr. Martin rather do than steal an ox?
2. How does Mary contradict Mr. and Mrs. Martin's conclusion?
3. What is unusual about Mrs. Smith's statement about having changed her dress?
4. According to Mrs. Martin, what is honorable?
5. Which machine does Mrs. Smith imitate in the last scene?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is "The Bald Soprano" also called "the anti-play"?
2. What ironic elements exist in the play?
3. Describe Mr. Martin.
4. Describe the story of "The Snake and the Fox."
5. Describe the protagonist and antagonist of the play.
6. What point is Ionesco attempting to make about conversation?
7. What illogical elements exist in the play?
8. What revelation does Mary give about the Martin family?
9. What comedic coincidences exist in the play?
10. Describe the stereotypes the characters represent.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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.
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