Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. For whom does Fredricks work?
2. What do Dan and Cindy do?
3. How old is Cindy?
4. What town is the setting for the play?
5. Where has Helen Laski been spotted?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Griffin when he leaves the Hilliard house?
2. What does Eleanor ask Dan?
3. What does Dan tell Ralphie and what does Ralphie and Griffin do after Eleanor and Chuck have left the house?
4. During the first scene at the Hilliard house, how does Eleanor feel when her family are all gone off to their daily places, and what does she do?
5. What gives the sheriff's office a clue about the convicts?
6. What does Ralphie do when he comes home?
7. What does Dan do when he arrives back at his house?
8. What does Carson tell Bard about his behavior?
9. What does Griffin say that makes Hank angry?
10. Why is Griffin upset about Robish and Hank?
Back at the sheriff's department, Bard explains that Griffin shot a policeman and he exited his hideout with his hands up with an evil grin on his face, which made Bard hit the crook on the jaw. Carson reminds Bard that that was inappropriate behavior, and Bard just wishes he had killed Griffin when he had the chance.
1. Do you think Bard is justified in hitting Griffin? Would it have been better for Bard to have killed Griffin when he has the opportunity? We only hear Bard's side of Griffin's encounter with Bard but have no way of knowing what prompts Griffin to shoot a policeman. If the policeman had been beating Griffin in a life threatening way, would that have justified Griffin shooting the policeman to save his own life? The fact that Griffin leaves his hostages alive suggests that Griffin is not gratuitously violent. How does this figure in with what Bard reveals about Griffin?
2. How often do you think the police go beyond the bounds of subduing a suspect and into the area of police brutality? Research incidents of alleged police brutality and give specific examples. What do think should happen to police officers who brutalize a citizen?
3. Is there any other better system to maintain order that would work in the United States in lieu of a police force? Discuss possible alternatives to the police system.
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?
The ending of Desperate Hours comes when the last convict, Glen Griffin, is out of the house and killed by the police. 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 will not kill Griffin even when Griffin asks him to?
2. Do you think Glen could have come out of the situation alive? Would he want to? Why does he not care about living? Is his brother really that important to him?
3. Did the police have no alternative than to shoot Glen? It says Glen was waving the gun, not that he was aiming the gun at anyone. Should the police tried to get Glen to drop the gun first before killing him?
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