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 "The Flood" say brought on her first experience with a flood?

2. Who is the author of the book?

3. Apart from having their clitorises removed, what does a newspaper article say was also a common surgery involved in genital mutilation?

4. What newspaper does the author quote the statistic about a certain region's women who were more susceptible to genital mutilation?

5. How is the speaker's boyfriend described in "Because He Liked to Look at It"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a woman describe the hair around her vagina and its role in her relationship with her husband in the monologue "Hair"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the narrator describe her first flood in the monologue of the same title?

9. How does the narrator of "The Vagina Workshop" describe her first deliberate orgasm?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The vagina is one of the leading themes presented in the book as a whole. Part 1.) How does the author personify the vagina in the book? Part 2.) What myths does the author try to dispel in the play about the vagina and how does she go about doing so? Part 3.) Why do you think the vagina has become a taboo and not often discussed topic in modern culture?

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'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?

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