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. Which of the following objects were not used to rape women in war zones, according to "My Vagina was a Village"?

2. What kind of procedures were performed on orgasmic women who were deemed to have medical problems?

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

4. Whose activist spirit does the author of the Forward describe when discussing her sex organs?

5. How old was the last female patient to have a clitoral removal in the United States?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the prostitute describe female moaning in "The Woman who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy"?

5. What does the lesbian that is in the second interview in "The Woman who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy" say about vaginas?

6. What does the author say about birth at the beginning of "I Was There In the Room"?

7. Describe the speaker's dissection of the word cunt in the play.

8. How does a woman say she came to accept and enjoy her vagina in "Because he liked to look at it"?

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

10. How were orgasmic women in the 19th century treated, according to the "Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Prostitution is portrayed very interestingly in the book with it almost being shown as helpful rather than harmful. Analyze the author's portrayal of prostitution in the play and discuss her reasons behind allowing the speaker of "The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy" to offer such advice to readers.

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