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 represents small businessmen as well as the Temperance Society?

2. In Act I Scene 2, Peter wants Tom to agree to do what to the Council rather than provide them with the damaging report?

3. From whose original work did Arthur Miller adapt "An Enemy of the People"?

4. In Act I Scene 2, Peter tells Tom that he is concerned about his what?

5. What does Peter say would plummet if the report were to be released in Act I Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What guests come in as Catherine's father is leaving in Act I Scene 1? What discussion do they have?

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

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

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

5. What does Peter tell Tom he is going to do with Kirsten Springs in Act I Scene 2? What is Tom's response?

6. What announcement does Tom make after reading his letter in Act I Scene 1?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

Discuss the phrase "blood is thicker than water" and how this phrase applies in the play. To whom are Peter and Tom each the most committed to in the story?

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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