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 claims does Mary make about school?

2. Who enters the room and states that Mary had found the flowers in a trashcan?

3. According to Mary, who knows about the behavior of Karen and Martha?

4. What type of building houses the school?

5. What claims does Mary make?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mary Tilford try to get on Mrs. Mortar's good side?

2. What is the setting for Act 3?

3. The parents get caught up in the fever of Mary's accusations and Mrs. Tilford's phone calls and neglect to do one thing. What is that one thing?

4. What does Mrs. Tilford tell Dr. Cardin that he feels is out of place regarding his personal life?

5. Where has Mary gone after leaving the school in anger?

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

7. How does Mary react when she learns her punishment for her cunning behavior?

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

9. How does Mrs. Tilford begin to take Mary's accusations seriously?

10. Given Mary's behavior so far in the play, what type of home would the reader believe she had been raised in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR is a classic story of good versus evil. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Evil takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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