The Desperate Hours 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 long does Griffin say he plans to stay at the house?

2. With what does Griffin threaten Cindy if she tries to escape?

3. What is in place to apprehend the suspect(s)?

4. How old is Cindy?

5. Who does Griffin pretend to be to Eleanor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Robish taunt Griffin about?

2. How does Dan feel and what does he say about Cindy?

3. What does Griffin tell Helen when she calls?

4. Why do the criminals refuse money from Dan?

5. What does Dan convince the police to do?

6. How does Bard feel after he kills Griffin and how does Carson respond?

7. Who knocks at the door of the Hilliard's house and what does he do?

8. What does Griffin order Cindy to do with some of Helen's money and why?

9. What makes Jesse Bard scared about the report Winston is reading the first morning at the sheriff's department?

10. What does Griffin do after Ralphie runs away? How does Dan respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tensions begin to mount halfway through Act 2, and Griffin seems to be losing control of the other two convicts. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Do you think the other two men had originally decided that Griffin was their leader? How do you think it was determined who took charge?

2. Who is in charge of the Hilliard family? Why do you think this is so? Do you think the dynamics of the family would be different in the 21st century? Would the same person still be in charge?

3. Who else in the book seems to demonstrate leadership qualities besides Dan and Glen? Does anyone?

Essay Topic 2

In Act 2, the setting jumps back and forth between the Hillards' home and the Sheriff's office. Tension seems to be mounting in both places. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How does the jumping back and forth between the two settings contribute to the rising drama and suspense? Or does it? Is it an effective technique?

2. Discuss the different manifestations of the tension in each setting and how each person is responding to the tension.

3. How does Chuck's

Essay Topic 3

Besides belonging to the literary genre of drama, Desperate Hours is a category that might be called suspense drama. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Compare and contrast a drama with that of Desperate Hours. What elements are similar? Different? Which do you prefer?

2. What do you think is the difference between suspense and terror? Give examples of drama or films that you would label suspense and examples that you would label terror. Give specific details to demonstrate elements of suspense and terror. Which do you enjoy the most? Why?

3. Alfred Hitchcock is often called the Master of Suspense. Watch one of his films and compare and contrast it to Desperate Hours. Which do you enjoy the most?

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