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. What happens while Cindy is keeping the attention of the criminals?

2. What does Ralphie want to do?

3. With what does Griffin gain Dan and Cindy's cooperation?

4. How old is Ralphie?

5. Why does Hank become melancholy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bard say about his encounter with Griffin in the past?

2. What is Eleanor doing with Dan?

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

4. Who shows up at the house the next morning?

5. What does Dan convince the police to do?

6. What type of classic theme is exhibited by the interpersonal dynamics in this play?

7. What does Dan tell Ralphie and what does Ralphie and Griffin do after Eleanor and Chuck have left the house?

8. What does Robish taunt Griffin about?

9. Why do the criminals refuse money from Dan?

10. What does Dan tell Eleanor to do after Robish is gone and what does Griffin do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In drama, setting plays a little different role than in a novel or even a film. Most of the setting is limited because of the logistics of changing sets and the expense of creating very many different scenes. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How do you think the rather limited setting of Desperate Hours affects the overall impact of the play?

2. Most of the action of the play takes place in the Hilliard's living room and upstairs. How would you maximize the creating of these two scenes for the most versatility and interest?

3. What other aspects of a play do you think is enhanced by limited setting? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 3, Robish is convinced that someone is moving in on the house, but Griffin feels that the two remaining convicts are safe and will soon be on their way to Helen and Hank, who should be waiting in Louisville. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Do you think truly believes that he and Robish are safe? Is Griffin cracking under the stress of the situation?

2. Now with Hank gone from the house, do you think Griffin is becoming more careless and less caring about what happens to him and Robish?

3. Sometimes a leader will crack under stress and can no longer think clearly or make rational choices. Is this what is happening to Griffin? Do you think the Hilliard family would be in greater danger if Griffin cracks completely?

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