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. Martha asks Dr. Cardin to speak to _______________ about Mary's behavior.

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

3. With whom does Karen discuss Mary's disruptive behavior?

4. What type of building houses the school?

5. What does Mary throw at the door when Karen and Dr. Cardin leave the room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What can be presumed about the source of Mary's cunning behavior?

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

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

6. How does Act 1 end?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of married women in the 1930s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1930s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that twenty-first century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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