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 descriptions does the speaker of "Because He Liked to Look at It" not use to describe her boyfriend's admiration of her privates?

2. What does a woman's boyfriend help her to do in regards to her vagina in "Because He Liked to Look at It"?

3. Where does the vagina fact quote from when discussing women's roles in the witch trials?

4. In what city was the Vagina Monologues originally presented?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the nature of the author's discussion of the vagina at the beginning of the Preface?

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

5. How does the narrator describe her vagina at the end of "My Vagina was My Village"?

6. How does Gloria Steinem describe the religious ties female genitalia has in India?

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

8. Why does the author say she decided to write about the vagina in the introductions of the beginning of the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of genital mutilation in the play. What reason can you give for the rate of genital mutilation to be higher in Africa than any other place in the world?

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