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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 is Dan's response to Ralphie's request.
2. What does Dan offer the criminals?
3. What town is the setting for the play?
4. Where has Helen Laski been spotted?
5. What type of message does Glenn deliver over the phone?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Carson tell Bard about Hank?
2. What do Carson and Bard do when after Robish is outside?
3. Who knocks at the door of the Hilliard's house and what does he do?
4. What does Bard tell Dan about Dan's feelings?
5. Why do the criminals refuse money from Dan?
6. What makes Jesse Bard scared about the report Winston is reading the first morning at the sheriff's department?
7. What does Carson tell Dan the police will do after Dan returns to his house?
8. What does Dan do after Robish opens the front door?
9. What does Griffin do after Ralphie runs away? How does Dan respond?
10. What does Ralphie do when he comes home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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
Essay Topic 2
Desperate Hours belongs to the genre of drama. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. What do you think is the definition of drama? Write out your definition and then look up the definition in a literary dictionary. How similar are the two definitions?
2. Drama is written with the intention that it will be performed. How do you think this influences the manner in which the plot unfolds, the dialogue, the set complexity, the number of characters, and the length?
3. Compare Desperate Hours to a short story, such as "A Good Man is Hard to Find," by Flannery O'Conner. What are the differences? The similarities? Which do you enjoy reading the most?
Essay Topic 3
In Act 2, Griffin completely loses his composure after Hank leaves and blames the Hilliards' comfortable life as the impetus for Hank's change of mind. Griffin especially blames Dan, who he likens to his own father with his domineering ways and strict rules. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Do you think the fact that Griffin blames the Hilliards for Hank leaving is just one aspect of his dysfunctional personality that leads him to prison? Discuss.
2. Many people, some criminal and other "normal" citizens often blame their parents for their problems. How much responsibility do parents have for the choices their children make as adults?
3. When is it time to stop blaming one's parents or upbringing for the mess one makes of one's own life?
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