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 does Dr. Cardin tell Mary she must stop doing?

2. How is Mrs. Mortar related to Martha?

3. How is Dr. Cardin related to Mary Tilford?

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

5. Who is Karen's fiance?

Short Essay Questions

1. How far reaching are the effects of Mary's malicious behavior?

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

3. What is the result of Karen, Martha and Dr. Cardin questioning Mary?

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

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

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

7. What has prompted Martha to think about her true feelings for Karen?

8. Why does the author set the story of good vs. evil in a small town in Massachusetts?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the symbolism of the bracelet that Rosalie has borrowed and not yet returned. What does it signify? What role does it play in the drama? Why did the author choose this item?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1930s. Compare and contrast homosexuality in America during the 1930s to homosexuality in America today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?

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