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. Who tries to attack Robish?

2. Who is Samuel Robish?

3. What do the criminals tell Eleanor and Cindy to do?

4. What is Dan's response to Ralphie's request.

5. What does Griffin tell Cindy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ralphie do while everyone's attention is on Cindy?

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

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

4. What raises tensions in the house?

5. What convinces Griffin to get ready to leave the house?

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

7. What happens to Dan when returning from picking up Griffin's money? How is Dan feeling at this point?

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

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

10. What does Griffin do to Eleanor after she opens the door?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Desperate Hours belongs to the genre of drama. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. What do you think is the definition of drama? Write out your definition and then look up the definition in a literary dictionary. How similar are the two definitions?

2. Drama is written with the intention that it will be performed. How do you think this influences the manner in which the plot unfolds, the dialogue, the set complexity, the number of characters, and the length?

3. Compare Desperate Hours to a short story, such as "A Good Man is Hard to Find," by Flannery O'Conner. What are the differences? The similarities? Which do you enjoy reading the most?

Essay Topic 2

During the climatic and final Act 3, both Chuck and Dan have the opportunity to kill one or more of the convicts during all the confusion. Both men choose to hit the convicts rather than shoot to kill. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Why do you think Dan and Chuck do not try to kill the convicts when they separately have the chance?

2. Do you think Griffin would have actually killed Ralphie if the gun had been loaded? Explain your thoughts with examples.

3. Do you think the average non-criminal citizen would have done the same thing as Dan and Chuck, i.e., disable rather than kill? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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

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