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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who jumps on the back of Mr. Patterson's truck?
2. Why does Dan not want Robish in the house?
3. With what does Hank not want to be stuck?
4. What does Dan believe will happen if Robish is allowed back into the house?
5. How might the detectives find the grey getaway car?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
In drama, setting plays a little different role than in a novel or even a film. Most of the setting is limited because of the logistics of changing sets and the expense of creating very many different scenes. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. How do you think the rather limited setting of Desperate Hours affects the overall impact of the play?
2. Most of the action of the play takes place in the Hilliard's living room and upstairs. How would you maximize the creating of these two scenes for the most versatility and interest?
3. What other aspects of a play do you think is enhanced by limited setting? Give examples.
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