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 defines the set direction for Act 1?

3. What can't the Old Woman do?

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

5. Who is behind the Old Woman on stage at the beginning of Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is the Old Woman brave?

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

5. Is the Sergeant generally apologetic that Sarah is in the room?

6. Is the guard passive?

7. What is the Young Woman's second complaint to the Officer?

8. Why does Sarah Johnson look like an "intellectual?"

9. How does Act 3 reflect Act 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 Sarah Johnson's character reveals about women in the context of the play and its broader statement about humanity.

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