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 Young Woman's second complaint?

2. Why does the guard jab the Old Woman?

3. What is the primary emotion in the old Woman and the Prisoner's conversation?

4. What is the Old Woman doing at the beginning of Act 2?

5. The Sergeant enters the Visitors Room at the end of Act 2, asking "What _____?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Sarah surprised to see her husband?

2. Why are the two women at the prison?

3. Why are the rules for dogs absurd in Act 1?

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

5. Are mountain people well respected in Mountain Language?

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

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

8. Who is Joseph Dokes?

9. Will the Sergeant keep his promise that Sarah's husband will be safe if she sleeps with Dokes? Why or why not?

10. What will happen to these characters after the conclusion of Act 2?

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

Although all the characters in Mountain Language are opposites, each shares some similar element (either in attitude or family). Discuss and compare the characters of the play to find the meaning in their similarities.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss what characterizes Pinter's style and how it aids or defines the attitude of the play.

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