The Children's Hour 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. What role does evil serve in good vs. evil dramas?

2. Who does Mary claim to have mistreated her?

3. Why does Joe visit with Mary?

4. What is a possible source of Mary's behavioral problems?

5. Which of the girls is reciting Shakespeare to Mrs. Mortar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Tilford react when Martha threatens to sue her for libel?

2. Where has Mary gone after leaving the school in anger?

3. How does Mary Tilford try to get on Mrs. Mortar's good side?

4. What does Mary symbolize in this good vs. evil drama?

5. How does Mrs. Mortar react when she learns that she is to be sent back to London?

6. How is Mary's destructive behavior comparable to the effects of acid?

7. How does Act 1 begin?

8. How does Martha come to tell Karen that she really does have loving feelings toward her?

9. What does Mary claim that the girls at school have witnessed regarding Karen and Martha?

10. What is Dr. Cardin's reaction when he hears Mary's allegations from Mrs. Tilford?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Karen, Mary and Mrs. Tilford. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study on Martha. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

Hellman uses more than one instance of irony in the play. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the play and note why they are examples of irony.

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