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 was Mrs. Mortar's former profession?

2. When is Mary to be taken back to school?

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

4. Who overhears Martha and Mrs. Mortar arguing?

5. Who is Karen's fiance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the most tragic irony of the whole play?

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

4. How does Mary react when she learns that she is being sent back to school?

5. How does the author end the story on a hopeful note?

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

7. What is the setting for Act 3?

8. What are the circumstances of Martha's suicide?

9. Why has Mrs. Tilford come to the school?

10. The parents get caught up in the fever of Mary's accusations and Mrs. Tilford's phone calls and neglect to do one thing. What is that one thing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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