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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. Mr. Smith, in The Bald Soprano, notes that they always give the age of death of deceased persons, but not so of whom?

2. Who says, "times are bad. That's true all over. It's the same this year with business and agriculture as it is with fires, nothing is prospering"?

3. Not being able to rely on her reasoning, the pupil has done what with all possible multiplications?

4. What does the fire chief have orders to do in The Bald Soprano?

5. The maid tells the professor it is the what time he has killed his pupils?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the differences between The Bald Soprano and the other plays in the collection.

2. How is The Lesson absurd? How is it realistic?

3. Discuss tension and satire thematically in The Bald Soprano.

4. What is the beginning conversation between the Smiths and the Martins like?

5. What do the maid and the professor do at the end of The Lesson?

6. What do the Smiths and Martins respond to the fire chief? What does he do afterward?

7. As the lesson continues, how does the professor's and the pupil's demeanor change?

8. How does the professor attempt to teach the pupil arithmetic?

9. Describe the doorbell in The Bald Soprano.

10. What initial conversation takes place between the professor and the pupil in The Lesson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain symbolism and how it applies to the doorbell and clock in the play The Bald Soprano.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the ending of the play Jack, or The Submission. What occurs and what is the symbolic meaning of this ending?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the plot structure of the play The Chairs. Where is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution? Define these in your answer.

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