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. How many times is the Young Woman asked to state her name?

2. What is at the Old Woman's feet as she waits at the prison wall?

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

4. The officers are meant to represent:

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the soldiers represent?

2. Did the Sergeant try to help the prisoner?

3. Why does Sarah attempt to negotiate with the Sergeant?

4. What is the family of the prisoner in Act 2 like?

5. Who is Joseph Dokes?

6. Why does the Sergeant show Sarah her husband?

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

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

9. Why does the guard prod the Old Woman with a stick as she talks to her son?

10. What is the significance of language in Act 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss what Sarah Johnson's character reveals about women in the context of the play and its broader statement about humanity.

Essay Topic 3

Language among the characters is a key tool. The officers use curse words to intimidate the women, while the women are forbidden to speak mountain language. Discuss the dilemma that language use brings to the play and its significance.

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