An Enemy of the People Test | Final 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. What is Tom surprised to see leaning against the table in the office in Act II Scene 1?

2. As Peter speaks in Act II Scene 2, a man in the crowd shouts that Tom should be what?

3. In Act II Scene 1, Peter angrily declares that the report is based on hatred of what?

4. In Act II Scene 1, Peter supplies the most "practical" solution, which is what?

5. Tom discusses in Act II Scene 2 the fact that Galileo was brought to his knees for teaching what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Act II Scene 2 begin? Why is Horster a part of the assembly?

2. What does Peter inform Aslaksen and the others in the office about taxation in Act II Scene 1? What is the response?

3. Who is allowed to talk first in the meeting? What does he state?

4. Who suggests Tom be declared an enemy of the people? What is the crowd's reaction?

5. What does Tom response when several in the crowd call him a revolutionist in Act II Scene 2?

6. What does the crowd complain about in the beginning of Tom's speaking in Act II Scene 2? How is this assuaged?

7. Who does Tom congratulate in the beginning of his speech in Act II Scene 2? What is the response?

8. What solution to the problem does Peter supply in Act II Scene 1?

9. What suggestion about Tom does Billing make in Act II Scene 1?

10. What does Petra bring to the office in Act II Scene 1? What does she remark about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did Ibsen (and Miller) include the character of Captain Horster? What role does Horster play in the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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