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. What does the speaker of "Because He Liked to Look at It" say was a stimulant for her the most from her boyfriend?

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

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

4. What age group are the women that are first discussed in the introduction to "The Flood"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is menstruation discussed in "I Was Twelve, My Mother Slapped Me"?

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

4. How is the young woman from Juarez described in the monologues of the same title?

5. What does the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy tell us about genital mutilation?

6. How do the authors describe the original creation of V-Day by Eve Ensler in the monologue "In the Beginning"?

7. How does the author describe the birth of her granddaughter in the book?

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

9. How does a woman attempt to shame her husband in "Crooked Braid"?

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

Essay 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

Discuss the author's use of personification in the book, especially in the descriptions of the vagina. How does the author make the vagina into a character in the book, and how is it humanized?

Essay Topic 3

In monologues like "Reclaiming Cunt" and "The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could", it is clear that the author has exhibited the great power words can have. Part 1.) What argument might the author be making about words based on her use of such vulgar language in many parts of the book? Part 2.) What might the author want for readers to learn about the power words can have over others, based on her use of them in the book, and what might she be hoping for others to do with that power?

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