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. How does Mrs. Tilford react to Mary's visit?

2. What does Dr. Cardin state about Mary's health?

3. What punishment does Karen inflict on Mary?

4. Which of the following are the girls not doing at the play begins?

5. What is the time period for THE CHILDREN'S HOUR?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why is Martha especially glad to see Mrs. Mortar, who has returned from Europe?

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

5. How does Martha come to tell Karen that she really does have loving feelings toward her?

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

7. What do Martha and Mrs. Mortar not realize during their argument?

8. What does Karen say in response to Mrs. Tilford's apology?

9. What does Dr. Cardin do that makes Karen know she cannot marry him.

10. How does Mary pull Rosalie into the questioning about the headmistresses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the play's title. What did the author mean by calling the play when THE CHILDREN'S HOUR? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR is set in the 1930s during a time of The Great Depression and sexual repression. What impact did these two factors have on the author? What impact did these factors have on her work, especially the play, THE CHILDREN'S HOUR? Explain.

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