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 kind of art does the author of the Forward describe as portraying the power of the female?

2. Finish the sentence from the end of the Preface in the book, "Practice saying the word, because, as we know, the word is what _____ us and sets us free".

3. What does the author describe her flood with when describing a dream she had about it?

4. What does a woman describe that her husband does not like about her in the first monologue of the play?

5. How are the side effects to the invasive genital surgeries performed on many women described?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe a 'wild collective song' in "I was Twelve, My Mother Slapped Me"?

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

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

4. How does the author say she was inspired to interview female victims of war in "My Vagina was My Village"?

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

6. How does the author describe the way rape was used as a weapon of war in Bosnia?

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

8. How are the original stage presentations of the Vagina Monologue described, after it was first written?

9. What does a woman claim her vagina wants at the end of "My Angry Vagina"?

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

Violence against women is a leading theme in the author's overall message to the readers of the book. Part 1.) Why does the author argue that women are more subjected to violence than men? Part 2.) How does the author use visual imagery to raise awareness to the commonplace of female violence in the world? Part 3.) What efforts does the author make to try and bring an end to violence against women?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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