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 Sergeant says: "But you're not saying they're without _______!"

2. What is the guard's attitude towards the Old Woman and the Prisoner?

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

4. What can't the Old Woman do?

5. What is the prisoner's main concern for the Old Woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the prisoner trembling at the beginning of Act 4?

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

3. Can the Old Woman understand the language of the capital?

4. Why doesn't the Old Woman speak in Act 1?

5. What is the attitude of "the capital?"

6. Why are the women's husbands in prison? How can you infer this?

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

8. Did the Sergeant try to help the prisoner?

9. Does Sarah care about her husband?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Sergeant is the only character who appears in every scene and is the most senior person in the prison. Discuss his roles as both protagonist and antagonist and his importance to the play, both in subtlety and blatant action.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the strategy of truth and insincerity in Mountain Language. Discuss how it directs the play and how one is misconstrued for the other, adding another layer of obscurity in people's honesty.

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