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. How old is the woman described in the introduction to "The Flood" that had never seen her vagina?

2. What do many of the reactions share in "...My Mother Slapped Me" comment on?

3. What does the author say triggered change in the view of women across the world?

4. Where does the author of the Forward travel to and discover much about female genitalia's power?

5. Which of the following is not one of the answers given to the second question the author presents with multiple answers in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the burqa described in the monologue "Under the Burqa"?

2. How does the speaker in "The Little Coochi Snorcher that Could" describe her intimate encounter with an older woman when she was 16?

3. How are the spotlight campaigns described in "V-World"?

4. How does the author address spousal violence in "Islamabad"?

5. What role did college campuses have in furthering the V-Day movement?

6. Describe the contents of the "V-Timeline: Ten Years of Vagina Victories" at the end of the book.

7. What conclusion does the author come to regarding the words of the prostitute at the end of "The Woman who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy"?

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

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

10. How does the author describe the reactions of her public performances of the Vagina Monologues in "Reclaiming cunt"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The overall theme of the book and the play itself is to celebrate and fight for the empowerment of women. Part 1.) How does the subject matter presented in the play suggest a need for women empowerment and what goal are they hoping to achieve from encouraging it? Part 2.) What role does the public performances of the Vagina Monologues have on the growing movement of women empowerment around the world, especially on college campuses?

Essay Topic 2

The author's choice to use the monologue method allowed her to take an intimate glance into the thoughts women have about their most intimate parts. Part 1.) How does the use of the monologue make us better relate to the characters in the play? Part 2.) What information would have been lost if the author had chosen to not use the monologue method for the play? Part 3.) What would be some of the downfalls to using the monologue method considering some of the speaker's complaints in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of various cultural traditions in the play and analyze the impact they have on women. What impact do the traditions discussed in "Crooked Braid" and "Under the Burqa" have on the women subjected to follow them because of the culture they live in?

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