The Desperate Hours Test | Final Test - Hard

Joseph Hayes
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ralphie's teacher do about Ralphie?

2. What about Hank frustrates and angers Griffin?

3. What is on Griffin's face as he exits his hideout?

4. Who refuses to relinquish Dan's gun?

5. Who shows up at the door after Dan leaves?

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

The three convicts enter the Hilliard home and take Eleanor hostage. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience: 1. Describe how Eleanor responds to the convicts' invasion. Do you think you would respond in a similar fashion? Why or why not? 2. Have you heard of a psychological response to a hostage situation called the "Stockholm Syndrome?" Research about this syndrome and then decide if you think the Hilliard family became that type of hostage. Why or why not? 3. Could Eleanor have done anything differently at the very beginning of this situation so that it did not escalate into a hostage situation? Do you think Eleanor's actions would be different now in the 21st century than when this situation occurs in the 1950s?

Essay Topic 3

Near the end of Act 2, Carson calls Bard with the news that Hank has been shot and killed trying to steal a car with a gun registered to Dan Hilliard. 1. Do you feel any sympathy for Hank's death? Why do you think he put himself in a position to be killed? Or did he? 2. Do you think the police did everything possible to capture rather than kill Hank (especially in light of what Bard says near the opening of the play that he wishes he had killed Hank's brother when Bard had the chance)? Explain your thoughts on the situation. 3. Do you think most police would prefer to capture a suspect rather than kill him/her? Why or why not?

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