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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 does Cindy's arrival at home cause?
2. How does Dan realize that something is wrong in his house?
3. What name causes Bard to feel terror?
4. What town is the setting for the play?
5. Who does Griffin pretend to be to Eleanor?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Carson and Bard do when after Robish is outside?
2. What does Griffin make clear to Cindy and Dan?
3. What does Griffin tell Eleanor?
4. What does Dan do after Robish opens the front door?
5. What do the police department do about their information?
6. What gives the sheriff's office a clue about the convicts?
7. How does Griffin get a hold of his girlfriend?
8. How does the atmosphere at the Indianapolis sheriff's department appear at the beginning of the play and what changes that?
9. How does Dan feel and what does he say about Cindy?
10. What do the police know about Flick and what does Bard order?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1During the climatic and final Act 3, both Chuck and Dan have the opportunity to kill one or more of the convicts during all the confusion. Both men choose to hit the convicts rather than shoot to kill. 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 and Chuck do not try to kill the convicts when they separately have the chance? 2. Do you think Griffin would have actually killed Ralphie if the gun had been loaded? Explain your thoughts with examples. 3. Do you think the average non-criminal citizen would have done the same thing as Dan and Chuck, i.e., disable rather than kill? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2A 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.
Essay Topic 3Tensions begin to mount halfway through Act 2, and Griffin seems to be losing control of the other two convicts. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience: 1. Do you think the other two men had originally decided that Griffin was their leader? How do you think it was determined who took charge? 2. Who is in charge of the Hilliard family? Why do you think this is so? Do you think the dynamics of the family would be different in the 21st century? Would the same person still be in charge? 3. Who else in the book seems to demonstrate leadership qualities besides Dan and Glen? Does anyone?
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