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. Who is the second person Mrs. Tilford calls to talk about Karen and Martha's behavior?

2. The girls at school are troubled because _________________________.

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

4. What does Mary symbolize in the play?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Karen react to Mrs. Tilford's arrival at the school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Mrs. Tilford react when Martha threatens to sue her for libel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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