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

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

3. What weapon of war does the author wish to raise awareness of in the introductions to "My Vagina was a Village"?

4. What does the speaker of "The Flood" say brought on her first experience with a flood?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the affects of being raped as a child?

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

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

4. What does the author share about the ties of female genitalia to witchcraft in one of the vagina facts?

5. Why does the narrator of "My Angry Vagina" believe the approaches of those invading her vagina were all wrong?

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

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

8. How does a woman who suffered cancer react to the author in regards to her questions in "The Flood"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the author's portrayal of rape in the book. What role might the author's own experience with rape have on the way it is addressed in the play?

Essay Topic 3

The author makes use of the literary technique of juxtaposition to better exemplify the variety of ways the vagina is viewed. Discuss a specific instance where juxtaposition occurred and what purpose the author had for creating such an obvious contrast within her text.

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