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 quote used at the beginning of "The Vagina Workshop" use to describe the vagina?

2. What kind of accent does the speaker of the monologue "The Vagina Workshop" have?

3. What are the ideals that the speaker of "My Angry Vagina" would like on a trip to the doctor's office?

4. How does the speaker of "The Vagina Monologue" describe her first real orgasm?

5. When does the author say she was raped, in the Preface?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author describe V-Day activities in the introduction?

5. Describe Gloria Steinem's discussion about female genitalia in the beginning of the Foreword.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the portrayal of men and women in the book. What might we be able to learn about the author's opinions of men based on their portrayal in the book; how do men create violence for women?

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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