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The Chairs

The Chairs


by Eugene Ionesco

The Chairs: Guess Who Isn’t Coming to Dinner Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Chairs? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What does the couple drag into the room?

A dead body
Their grandchildren, who are kicking and screaming
Their heels. Hey, come on now, they’re really old.
Q. Who is the couple’s most exalted guest?

Their next-door neighbor
The Emperor
Sir Ian McKellen
A cat
Q. What is interesting about the Orator as opposed to the other guests?

He isn’t wearing a bag over his head
He isn’t invisible
He isn’t walking backwards
He was completely miscast
Q. How do the Old Man and Old Woman commit suicide?

They set themselves on fire
They chug a pint each of Whisk
They shoot each other simultaneously in the forehead
They drown themselves
They wish themselves to be dead and it is so
Q. What does the Orator turn out to be?

An alien
A deaf-mute
The couple’s son
A huge overactor. He chews more scenery than the director’s Boston terrier.