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 name of Mary's grandmother?

2. Why is Mary prone to exaggeration?

3. Mary's behavior would indicate that she was raised in a _______________________.

4. What does Mary give to Mrs. Mortar?

5. Who is one of the women who founded the school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Tilford initially respond to Mary's accusations against Karen and Marth?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the setting for Act 3?

7. Why was the play considered controversial at the time it was written?

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

9. How does the author use foreshadowing in showing Mary's character traits in Act 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of good versus evil. Identify at least two characters who embody both good and evil and then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Hellman uses more than one instance of irony in the play. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the play and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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