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. Mary's behavior would indicate that she was raised in a _______________________.

2. Who raised Mary?

3. What seems to be the source of Mary's behavioral problems?

4. What has Dr. Cardin asked Mrs. Mortar to do which irritates her?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How do the adults behave in such a way that only validates Mary's malicious behavior?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study on Mrs Tilford. 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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