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. About what does Deputy Winston read a wire report?

2. How old is Ralphie?

3. To where does the setting of the scene shift?

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

5. With what does Griffin threaten Cindy if she tries to escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eleanor ask Dan?

2. Who knocks at the door of the Hilliard's house and what does he do?

3. What does Ralphie do when he comes home?

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

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

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

7. What makes Jesse Bard scared about the report Winston is reading the first morning at the sheriff's department?

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

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

10. What does Griffin do to Eleanor after she opens the door?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The ending of Desperate Hours comes when the last convict, Glen Griffin, is out of the house and killed by the police. 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 will not kill Griffin even when Griffin asks him to?

2. Do you think Glen could have come out of the situation alive? Would he want to? Why does he not care about living? Is his brother really that important to him?

3. Did the police have no alternative than to shoot Glen? It says Glen was waving the gun, not that he was aiming the gun at anyone. Should the police tried to get Glen to drop the gun first before killing him?

Essay Topic 2

During 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 3

Chuck, Cindy's boyfriend, gets a gun and decides to sneak up on the house from the back and enter into the hostage situation. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Is it wise of Chuck to go into such a situation especially carrying a gun?

2. Why do you think Chuck thinks he would be of help? Is this a macho man act or is he motivated by his love for Cindy and by extension, her family?

3. Compare and contrast the actions of Chuck to those of Robish. Are these two classic examples of good and evil? Is anyone ever completely evil or completely good?

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