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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who shows up at the door after Dan leaves?
2. What is Ralphie doing?
3. What does the person want?
4. What has the police department be ordered to do?
5. Why do the criminals let Dan and Cindy go to work as usual?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mr. Patterson, the garbage man, comes by to collect money for the monthly bill and realizes something is suspicious. Robish jumps on the back of his truck and ends up murdering Mr. Patterson. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Is there anything Mr. Patterson could have done to be safe? Would you have thought to check the back of your truck under the same circumstance?
2. Do you think that the only thing Robish could have done is kill Mr. Patterson? What about tying him up and letting someone else know later? What does it say about Robish as a person that he so easily kills a man?
3. Do you think Glen Griffin would have taken the same action as Robish against Mr. Patterson? What about Hank?
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
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.
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