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. Where is Mrs. Mortar's home?

2. What does Mary give to Mrs. Mortar?

3. How much money does Mary have to complete her expedition?

4. In what month of the year does Act 1 open?

5. Who questions Mary upon her arrival at the Tilford house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the topic of lesbianism viewed at the time this play was written in the 1930s?

2. How does Mary manage to blackmail Rosalie?

3. What does Dr. Cardin do that makes Karen know she cannot marry him.

4. What is the setting of Act 2, Scene 2?

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

6. What is the setting for Act 3?

7. Explain the impact that the trial has had on Karen and Martha's careers.

8. Why is Rosalie coming to spend the night at the Tilford home?

9. What is the reason Karen and Martha go to Mrs. Tilford's house?

10. What is the irony in Mrs. Mortar's name?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the play. Why does Hellman use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

As educators, Karen and Martha have many things in common but are also different in many ways. Compare and contrast Karen and Martha. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one theme in the play. Identify at least two themes in the play. Then cite an example to support each theme.

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