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 does Ralphie want to do?

2. What does Cindy's arrival at home cause?

3. What is Dan's response to Ralphie's request.

4. What is in place to apprehend the suspect(s)?

5. What does Dan want to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What convinces Griffin to get ready to leave the house?

2. What does Griffin do after Ralphie runs away? How does Dan respond?

3. Why doesn't Dan want Robish back in the house?

4. What happens when Cindy arrives home after her date with Chuck?

5. How does Dan react when the police pick up Cindy and Flick and what does he believe?

6. What is beginning to unnerve Hank?

7. While the convicts inside the house are arguing what does Chuck do?

8. What finally pushes Griffin over the edge?

9. What raises tensions in the house?

10. What does Griffin want Dan and Cindy to do in the morning?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Dan and Glen are two of the most influential characters in Lord of the Flies and have a major impact on the rest of the characters in the story.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Dan and Glen. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) What do you think would have happened if these two characters, Dan and Glen, never existed in the story, i.e., if Eleanor was a single mom and she and her children are held hostage by Hank and Robish? Use events from the book where the direct influence of Dan and Glen had an impact on others.

Part 3) Who is the better leader, Dan or Glenn? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

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 1, when Dan arrives home and realizes the situation, Griffin tells Dan that they only need to hide until midnight, and then they will be gone. Dan tries to offer the criminals money to leave, but they are fixed on waiting for the money from Helen so that they can get away to Louisville. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Why do you think the criminals insist on waiting for the money from Helen if Dan offers them enough money to be able to leave?

2. Why do you think Helen is willing to bring the convicts money when if she is caught, she will likely go to prison herself? Do you think Griffin really loves Helen if he would put her in that position?

3. Do you think the convicts are realistic in thinking that Helen will actually make it to the house without being watched and they will all be able to peaceably leave the Hilliard home? Explain your response.

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