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. What is the Prisoner doing at the beginning of Act 2?

2. What do the guard and the prisoner have in common?

3. Why does the guard jab the Old Woman?

4. As the Sergeant hassles the Young Woman in Act 1, the Officer reminds him that these women are not _________.

5. What isn't the guard's fault, according to the guard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Officer's attitude towards women?

2. How does the Sergeant describe the gathering at the beginning of Act 3? Why?

3. Why does the Sergeant make his final comment?

4. How does the Sergeant's attitude in Act 4 compare with his attitude in Act 3?

5. Does the Old Woman follow the new rule in Act 4?

6. Why is there no set description in Act 1?

7. Does the guard have the same attitude in Act 4 as in Act 2?

8. What is the significance of the names "Sarah" and "Charly"?

9. Although the women have not committed a crime, what is their "crime?"

10. How separate is the Old Woman from the other characters in Act 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although these women are faithful to the men in their families, the men are the helpless ones and, comparatively, they have all the authority. Discuss the ruptured nature of the patriarchal family system in Mountain Language.

Essay Topic 2

The officers attempt to be cruel and belittle the women and prisoners in the play. Discuss the success and failure of intimidation in the play and how it reflects the character and what he/she represents.

Essay Topic 3

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

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