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 much whiskey does Dan bring home?

2. What type of message does Glenn deliver over the phone?

3. Where is a getaway car hidden?

4. For whom does Carson work?

5. What does Dan tell Griffin the second Dan spies the loaded gun?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about the man at the door that puzzles Eleanor?

2. What happens when Cindy arrives home after her date with Chuck?

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

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

5. What is happening at the home of Dan and Eleanor Hilliard with their oldest child at the opening of the play?

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

7. What does Dan do after Robish opens the front door?

8. What does Griffin do at the Hilliard house that evening?

9. Why is Griffin upset about Robish and Hank?

10. What does Robish do when Chuck begins to come downstairs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Mr. Patterson, the garbage man, comes by to collect money for the monthly bill and realizes something is suspicious. Robish jumps on the back of his truck and ends up murdering Mr. Patterson. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Is there anything Mr. Patterson could have done to be safe? Would you have thought to check the back of your truck under the same circumstance?

2. Do you think that the only thing Robish could have done is kill Mr. Patterson? What about tying him up and letting someone else know later? What does it say about Robish as a person that he so easily kills a man?

3. Do you think Glen Griffin would have taken the same action as Robish against Mr. Patterson? What about Hank?

Essay Topic 3

Near the end of Act 2, Carson calls Bard with the news that Hank has been shot and killed trying to steal a car with a gun registered to Dan Hilliard.

1. Do you feel any sympathy for Hank's death? Why do you think he put himself in a position to be killed? Or did he?

2. Do you think the police did everything possible to capture rather than kill Hank (especially in light of what Bard says near the opening of the play that he wishes he had killed Hank's brother when Bard had the chance)? Explain your thoughts on the situation.

3. Do you think most police would prefer to capture a suspect rather than kill him/her? Why or why not?

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