An Enemy of the People Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Hovstad connects everything that's wrong with the town on what?

2. What beverages are Tom, Catherine, Hovstad, and Captain Horster drinking when Tom's eldest child enters in Act I Scene 1?

3. What is causing the waste in the water, according to the report?

4. What department's finding in Act I Scene 2 states that if the overhaul of the water system is necessary, it is not an emergency and can wait?

5. In Act I Scene 1, Petra remembers that Tom warned the town not to build the Springs downstream from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tom allude to in Act I Scene 1 that implies the coming problems?

2. What does Hovstad note about Aslaksen in Act I Scene 2? What does Hovstad intend to do when he departs?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What does Peter suggest Tom do instead of releasing the report in Act I Scene 2? What is Tom's reaction?

7. Who is Mr. Aslaksen and why does he come by in Act I Scene 2?

8. How long had Tom suspected problems with the water? How did he come to his actions in Act I Scene 1?

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

10. What does Hovstad see the situation as in Act I Scene 2? What is his principle personal battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the finances of both the paper and the baths. Do either or both rely on taxpayer money? What is the principle source of revenue of each?

Essay Topic 2

In "An Enemy of the People", the mayor attempts to keep the public from the information in the report to protect himself. In your own community, do you recall any instance in which a local government, business, factory, school district, newspaper, or another entity attempted to withhold vital information from the public?

Essay Topic 3

"An Enemy of the People" was very popular though it was written out of frustration with drama critics and the liberal press. Why? What did the public think of the play?

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