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 do the criminals tell Eleanor and Cindy to do?

2. What advice does Dan give Ralphie?

3. What do Dan and Cindy do?

4. Who is the last one to arrive at the Hilliard home?

5. What does Griffin tell Cindy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Carson tell Bard about his behavior?

2. What does Griffin tell Helen when she calls?

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

4. Why is Griffin upset about Robish and Hank?

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

6. What does Carson tell Dan the police will do after Dan returns to his house?

7. What does Griffin tell Eleanor?

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

9. What does Griffin make clear to Cindy and Dan?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chuck, Cindy's boyfriend, gets a gun and decides to sneak up on the house from the back and enter into the hostage situation. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Is it wise of Chuck to go into such a situation especially carrying a gun?

2. Why do you think Chuck thinks he would be of help? Is this a macho man act or is he motivated by his love for Cindy and by extension, her family?

3. Compare and contrast the actions of Chuck to those of Robish. Are these two classic examples of good and evil? Is anyone ever completely evil or completely good?

Essay Topic 2

Besides belonging to the literary genre of drama, Desperate Hours is a category that might be called suspense drama. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Compare and contrast a drama with that of Desperate Hours. What elements are similar? Different? Which do you prefer?

2. What do you think is the difference between suspense and terror? Give examples of drama or films that you would label suspense and examples that you would label terror. Give specific details to demonstrate elements of suspense and terror. Which do you enjoy the most? Why?

3. Alfred Hitchcock is often called the Master of Suspense. Watch one of his films and compare and contrast it to Desperate Hours. Which do you enjoy the most?

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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