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The Desperate Hours Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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?

Essay Topics

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?

Dan and Glen are two of the most influential characters in Lord of the Flies and have a major impact on the rest of the characters in the story.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Dan and Glen. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) What do you think would have happened if these two characters, Dan and Glen, never existed in the story, i.e., if Eleanor was a single mom and she and her children are held hostage by Hank and Robish? Use events from the book where the direct influence of Dan and Glen had an impact on others.

Part 3) Who is the better leader, Dan or Glenn? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

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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