Mountain Language 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. The officers are meant to represent:

2. In what country does "Mountain Language" take place?

3. What defines the set direction for Act 1?

4. The first time the guard jabs the Old Woman in Act 2, it's because she said, "I have _______."

5. Why are the women's husbands in prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which rule(s) have changed in Act 4?

2. Why is the Sergeant annoyed when he enters in Act 3?

3. Who is in control at the end of Act 4?

4. What is the relevance of the voice-over in Act 2?

5. Is the Old Woman brave?

6. Why are the two women at the prison?

7. Why is the prisoner a "joker?"

8. In Act 4, why is the Old Woman still silent?

9. Where is Sarah Johnson during Act 2?

10. Why are the rules changing?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Much of the negativity in Mountain Language comes from discrimination. Compare the discriminatory attitudes in our culture to those in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Half of the characters in Mountain Language are given names, while the other half are not. Discuss this balance of ambiguity and specificity and how the presence or absence of name defines the character and what they represent.

Essay Topic 3

Many hateful comments by the officers are more absurd than anything. Discuss the commentary on "hate" through its coupling with absurdity in the play.

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