Sophie Treadwell- Machinal Theatrical Play Quiz

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Sophie Treadwell- Machinal Theatrical Play Quiz

Have you ever seen Machinal live? Sophie Treadwell wrote this iconic theatrical play. She was a famous American playwright and journalist in the last century. This quiz is based on episode 4- Maternal. How much do you know about it? ​​​​​​​


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How do you think Helen feels in Episode 4? 
  • 2. 
    Note how you could potentially stage this, try to take inspiration from theatre you've watched during the course.
  • 3. 
    Do you feel the Nurse is as trapped as Helen? 
  • 4. 
    We know this Episode is about Helen's incapability of being a mother, but what is it really about?
    • A. 

      1920's Society expecting women to all be perfect mothers

    • B. 

      Postnatal depression and anxiety (which sadly wasn't a researched illness in the 20's)

    • C. 

      Men (the Doctor and George) interfering with female issues and intrufing individual experience.

    • D. 

      The censorship of female voices

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    At the time of writing Machinal, what was Treadwells status?
    • A. 

      Married

    • B. 

      Divorced

    • C. 

      Married with kids

    • D. 

      Widowed

  • 6. 
    True or false? "Helen just doesn't want to be a mother"
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Who does Helen challenge in her Monoluge at the end of the episode?
    • A. 

      George (Her Husband)

    • B. 

      The Doctors

    • C. 

      The Nurse

    • D. 

      God

  • 8. 
    Which of the following quotes present a strong change in Helen's meek character? (Click all that apply)
    • A. 

      "I’ve submitted to enough—I won’t submit to any more"

    • B. 

      "I’ll rest—I’ll lie down"

    • C. 

      “Aren’t you glad it’s a girl?...You’re not! Oh, my! That’s no way to talk! Men want boys—women ought to want girls.”

    • D. 

      “I smell everything then.”

    • E. 

      “I’ll not submit any more—I’ll not submit—I’ll not submit—.”

  • 9. 
    True or False? "Due to the fact she had no children, Sophie Treadwell had no clue or experience in motherhood. This episode of the play is just a radical feminist statement on society"
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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