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. Tom claims in Act I Scene 1 that without something to fight for, you are what?

2. What refers to a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like?

3. Tom insists that Hovstad wait to print the report in the paper until what in Act I Scene 2?

4. Peter Stockmann is described as nearing what age?

5. With whom is Tom on a walk in the beginning of Act I Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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