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. What is the stereotypical definition of New England mores?

3. Which of the following does not describe what Mrs. Mortar is doing?

4. Who raised Mary?

5. Who reprimands Mary during her crying fit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What solution and ray of hope has Dr. Cardin presented to Karen and Martha?

2. How does Act 1 end?

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

4. To what work of Arthur Miller's is Mary's character compared?

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

6. How does Mary manage to blackmail Rosalie?

7. How does Mary get caught in her ploy to win over Mrs. Mortar?

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

9. Who are the founders of the Wright-Dobie School?

10. How does Mrs. Tilford respond when she realizes that Mary has arrived unexpectedly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of women is a main topic addressed in this story. Explain the theme that extends through all the female characters. What is the presumed role of women in America during the 1930s? Explain by giving examples.

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

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.

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