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 name causes Bard to feel terror?

2. What does Dan tell Griffin the second Dan spies the loaded gun?

3. Where do the men want to go?

4. What is the name of the deputy sheriff who is onstage at the opening of the first act?

5. How long does Griffin say he plans to stay at the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Griffin get a hold of his girlfriend?

3. What does Griffin do at the Hilliard house that evening?

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

5. What does Dan do after Robish opens the front door?

6. What does Dan do when he arrives back at his house?

7. What does Robish taunt Griffin about?

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

9. What does Dan convince the police to do?

10. Who shows up at the house that night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

When Cindy first arrives home after the three convicts have taken control of the home, she realizes the situation and almost runs, but Griffin stops her with the threat that he will kill Eleanor if Cindy tries to leave. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Would you run or stay if you were Cindy? Consider that it is possible the convicts would kill you along with your mother no matter what they say. Explain your rationale.

2. If you were Eleanor, would you want your daughter to run, even if it means your death? Explain.

3. Later in the story, the young boy of the household, Ralphie, does try to leave, though he is caught by Robish. Why do you think Ralphie tries to run; whereas, Cindy decides to enter the house and voluntarily become a hostage?

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