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 Griffin send Dan out to do?

2. Who is the last one to arrive at the Hilliard home?

3. What does Dan want to do?

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

5. How does Dan realize that something is wrong in his house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hank tell Griffin and what does Griffin try to do?

2. What finally pushes Griffin over the edge?

3. What type of classic theme is exhibited by the interpersonal dynamics in this play?

4. What is Cindy doing when Dan and Eleanor are in their room?

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

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

7. How does Bard feel after he kills Griffin and how does Carson respond?

8. What raises tensions in the house?

9. What does Carson tell Bard about Hank?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 2, the setting jumps back and forth between the Hillards' home and the Sheriff's office. Tension seems to be mounting in both places. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How does the jumping back and forth between the two settings contribute to the rising drama and suspense? Or does it? Is it an effective technique?

2. Discuss the different manifestations of the tension in each setting and how each person is responding to the tension.

3. How does Chuck's

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