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 is the obvious theme in THE CHILDREN'S HOUR?

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

3. For what does Mrs. Tilford reprimand Mary?

4. What does Mary give to Mrs. Mortar?

5. In what room of the school does the play begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Rosalie coming to spend the night at the Tilford home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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