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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Act One all about?
(a) The virtue of marriage.
(b) The best way to grow vegtables.
(c) How to be a strong Christian.
(d) The Introduction of the characters and the setting of the play.

2. What does Tilden continue to bring in from the backyard?
(a) Vegetables.
(b) Soil for house plants.
(c) Garden tools.
(d) Flowers for Halie.

3. What is a key factor that started the crack in Halie and Dodge's relationship?
(a) Halie went from the city life full of activity to an isolated life on the farm.
(b) She grew flowers like everyone in the area.
(c) She had a very good herb garden.
(d) She loved to make quilts.

4. What is the first thing noticed about Halie?
(a) She loves vegetables.
(b) She is in the garden club.
(c) She constructs grave stones.
(d) She tries to pretend that her marriage and family are strong.

5. What does Halie say Dodge has become?
(a) The man with a wooden leg.
(b) The father of Tilden's children.
(c) An evil, spiteful, vengeful man.
(d) The head of Bradley's household.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which statement best describes Dodge's life?

2. What significant place is in Illinois?

3. What type of life did Halie leave behind when she married Dodge?

4. Who did Halie say this about? "I had no idea he would be that much trouble."

5. What event resulted because of the disintegration of this family structure?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do you think is the best heir to Dodge's possessions, specifically the farm and the house?

2. What is the big secret that Dodge has been talking about and Halie is so afraid of being known?

3. How does Vince feel about his family's reactions towards him?

4. Explain the circumstances that bring Vince and Shelly to the farmhouse. What does this say about Vince's relationship with his family?

5. Based on Vince's actions, is he similar to his siblings? Why?

6. Describe the setting of this story briefly. Is the farm an appropriate setting for the play? Why?

7. How does Dodge talk to his wife about her past relationship, and how does each feel about her old boyfriend?

8. How are Dodge and Halie presented in the first act?

9. How does Halie behave towards her two sons?

10. Discuss Shelly's participation in the visit. Describe Shelly's behavior as well.

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