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 does Mrs. Mortar say to Martha in retaliation?

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

3. Which of the students has made a vow to do something?

4. Where is Mrs. Mortar's home?

5. What was Mrs. Mortar's former profession?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How far reaching are the effects of Mary's malicious behavior?

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

4. How is Mary's destructive behavior comparable to the effects of acid?

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

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

7. What is the result of Karen, Martha and Dr. Cardin questioning Mary?

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

9. How do Karen and Martha behave in the aftermath of the libel trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of married women in the 1930s. Conversely, what is the role of unmarried women in the 1930s? What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that twenty-first century women do not have?

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Karen, Mary and Mrs. Tilford. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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