Dream on Monkey Mountain Test | Mid-Book 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. Who claims that Makak, unlike white men, is not helpless in the face of illness?

2. What does Moustique make over the fire?

3. Where does Makak tell the Corporal he lives?

4. What does the Figure do when it comes onto the stage?

5. Why does the Corporal say he let the beating continue?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Moustique decides to dress up as Makak?

2. How are nature and God connected in Walcott's story?

3. How does the tone of the play change in Act 2?

4. How does Makak's story run parallel to that of Moses in the Bible?

5. Makak and Moustique are black; explain how this affects the interpretation of their journey.

6. How do Tigre, Souris, and Makak manage to escape from the prison?

7. What personal changes does the Corporal experience in the play?

8. Explain the significance of Makak referring to Basil as the "Carpenter."

9. How does the concept of false identity appear in Scene 1?

10. Do you think the journey to Africa is literal or symbolical? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Tigre and Souris. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the development of the relationship between Makak and Moustique? What do you think cements their friendship together? What benefits do both characters derive from the relationship?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the concept of a tragic hero (or heroine). Describe one character in Walcott's play that can be described as a tragic hero, and explain how that character fits the description. Why does Walcott decide to include this particular character in his work? What does he or she represent?

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