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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. In Act I Scene 2, Hovstad says he sees this situation as his opportunity to keep his word in doing what?

2. In what year did Arthur Miller's adaptation of "An Enemy of the People" premiere?

3. Peter claims in Act I, Scene 1 that while Tom has lots of good ideas, it takes a person like himself to do what?

4. In Act I Scene 2, when Tom vows to stand up for his findings, Peter warns him that he will see to it that what?

5. After Peter leaves in Act I Scene 2, Catherine reminds Tom that Peter has what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who stops by Tom's residence first in Act I Scene 2? Why?

2. What argument do Peter and Catherine have in Act I Scene 1?

3. What thematic question is posed regarding Tom and Peter in Act I Scene 1?

4. What does Tom assert of Peter's views in Act I Scene 1?

5. What is Peter's initial response to the report in Act I Scene 2?

6. Discuss the truth in Act I Scene 2. How does the playwright establish "the truth" in the narrative?

7. What does Peter say of his reputation in Act I Scene 2?

8. In Act I Scene 2, what does Tom awaken to? What does he suspect of Peter?

9. According to Tom in Act I Scene 1, what must be done to correct the problem with the water? What does he do with the report?

10. What children does Tom return with in Act I Scene 1? What does he remark about his children and how does this impact Peter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Mr. Kill in the narrative. How is Mr. Kill related to Tom? What is his position within the community?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the print media in the narrative. What is the playwright suggesting about our own society and culture?

Essay Topic 3

If you were an attorney arguing to close the town spa, you would need evidence that the spa water is indeed contaminated. How would you obtain this evidence?

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