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. In Act I Scene 1, the mayor boasts that new medicinal bath center will be as popular as those where?

2. When was the original play "An Enemy of the People" published?

3. Who is the assistant editor of The People's Daily Messenger?

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. What word refers to a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. With whom did Peter have a discussion about the issue in Act I Scene 2? What was the conclusion?

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

6. Who has arrived at the beginning of Act I Scene 1? Where is Tom Stockmann?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the correlation between the environmental debate in the play and our society today. How might the play reflect events such as the BP Oil Spill or Global Warming?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the literary element of theme. How does theme differ from subject? How does the theme of "the nature of truth" apply to the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Newspapers today pride themselves on their willingness to print the truth. But do they always print the truth? Or do they sometimes bow to the same forces that pressured Hovstad to abandon publication of Dr. Stockmann's story?

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