The Vagina Monologues Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Eve Ensler
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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. In what year was the last clitoris removal performed in the United States?

2. What kind of accent does the speaker of the monologue "The Flood" have?

3. What reaction very rarely occurs in the reactions shared in "...My Mother Slapped Me"?

4. What process of writing does the author discuss at the end of the Preface that will be used in her play?

5. What does the author say simply having a vagina makes an individual a target for, in the Preface?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author believe simply having a vagina makes someone a target for violence?

2. What is the purpose of the workshop discussed in "The Vagina Workshop"?

3. What is the nature of the author's discussion of the vagina at the beginning of the Preface?

4. What is the nature of the quote used at the beginning of "The Vagina Workshop"?

5. How was the last clitoridectomy performed in the United States described in the book?

6. What information does the statistic about African women teach us about genital mutilation?

7. What is the nature of the answers given to the question "If your vagina got dressed what would it wear"?

8. What conclusion does the woman who is made to shave her private parts come to regarding the purpose of genital hair in "Hair"?

9. How is the woman's dream about a flood described in her monologue?

10. How does the narrator of "The Vagina Workshop" describe her first deliberate orgasm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role menstruation plays in the book. What place does menstruation have in the creation of the female identity, according to the monologue "When I was Twelve My Mother Slapped me"?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the nature of the book's set-up, including analysis of the Introduction, Forward and Preface. What information are we able to learn from the commentary included in these sections of the book?

Essay Topic 3

The author allows herself to become a character in the book by adding commentary throughout the play. What reason did the author have for inputting so much personal information into the context of the book, and did it help or hinder the text?

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