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

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

3. In Act I Scene 1, Tom announces that the baths which were so costly to develop are a what?

4. Tom claims that Peter's views are closed and narrow due to his lack of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What conversation do Tom and Hovstad share over the society in Act I Scene 2?

2. What does Tom tell Hovstad to do regarding the report in Act I Scene 1? What is the immediate reaction to the news?

3. What does Peter assert about the springs in Act I Scene 1?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Analyze and discuss the scene between Peter and Tom in Act I Scene 2, identifying the actions and objectives of each character. What does Peter want Tom to do? How does he go about getting his objective met?

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