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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 arouses Mrs. Tilford's suspicions about Mary's accusations?
(a) Mary swears on her mother's grave.
(b) Mary produces witnesses.
(c) Mary has a tape recording.
(d) Mary is insistent.

2. What role does evil serve in good vs. evil dramas?
(a) Metaphor.
(b) Catalyst.
(c) Foundation.
(d) Climax.

3. Mary's behavior would indicate that she was raised in a _______________________.
(a) loving home.
(b) foster home.
(c) boarding school.
(d) negative environment.

4. Who does Mary coerce for money?
(a) Janie.
(b) Peggy.
(c) Mary Ann.
(d) Meggie.

5. What does Martha tell Mrs. Mortar that hurts Mrs. Mortar's feelings?
(a) Mrs. Mortar is forgetting too many things.
(b) Mrs. Mortar has gained weight and must go on a diet.
(c) The school is sending Mrs. Mortar back to London.
(d) The girls don't want her at the school anymore.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can Mary's behavior be characterized?

2. For what does Mrs. Tilford reprimand Mary?

3. What is the obvious theme in THE CHILDREN'S HOUR?

4. How does Dr. Cardin respond to Martha's request that he speak to Mrs. Tilford?

5. What do Karen and Martha decide about Mary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "witch hunt" upon which Mary has embarked?

2. What do Martha and Mrs. Mortar not realize during their argument?

3. How does Mrs. Tilford initially respond to Mary's accusations against Karen and Marth?

4. Why are the adults not concerned about Mary's "heart attack"?

5. How do Karen and Martha behave in the aftermath of the libel trial?

6. How does Mary react when she learns her punishment for her cunning behavior?

7. What does Mrs. Tilford do after she is finished speaking with Mary?

8. Given Mary's behavior so far in the play, what type of home would the reader believe she had been raised in?

9. What information does Karen share about herself and Mrs. Mortar that agitates Martha?

10. What can be presumed about the source of Mary's cunning behavior?

(see the answer keys)

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