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. 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 Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The three convicts enter the Hilliard home and take Eleanor hostage. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Describe how Eleanor responds to the convicts' invasion. Do you think you would respond in a similar fashion? Why or why not?
2. Have you heard of a psychological response to a hostage situation called the "Stockholm Syndrome?" Research about this syndrome and then decide if you think the Hilliard family became that type of hostage. Why or why not?
3. Could Eleanor have done anything differently at the very beginning of this situation so that it did not escalate into a hostage situation? Do you think Eleanor's actions would be different now in the 21st century than when this situation occurs in the 1950s?
Essay Topic 3
A literary technique called "foreshadowing" is seen several times. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Define what the literary technique of foreshadowing and cite several examples of it in the play Desperate Hours.
2. What are literary techniques? Name several of the most common and define them.
3. Take the literary techniques you define in question number 2 and give examples of their occurrence in this story or some other piece of literature or film.
4. Do you think authors intentionally plan to write in literary techniques such as foreshadowing? Explain.
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