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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What job does Hildy tell the reporters he is quitting the paper for?
(a) A job as a lawyer.
(b) An advertising job.
(c) An accounting job.
(d) A job as a police officer.

2. What do Murphy and Endicott hope to get from the mayor in Act 2, Part 2?
(a) A statement.
(b) A confession.
(c) Good news.
(d) An apology.

3. What does Hildy's response to the fire show in Act 1, Part 3, that some view as contradictory to his other behavior in the play so far?
(a) His concern for the other reporters.
(b) His desire to help people in need.
(c) His reporter's instinct.
(d) His fascination of disasters.

4. What do the reporters tease Diamond Louie about in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) Not living up to his name.
(b) Working at a fruit stand.
(c) His weight.
(d) His inexpensive suit.

5. What does the mayor want to know from the sheriff in Act 2, Part 2?
(a) If the psychiatrist gave Williams the gun voluntarily.
(b) How soon they can capture Williams again.
(c) Why his men didn't shoot Williams.
(d) If Williams got the gun from him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What group does Bensinger tell his paper will cause an uprising after the execution?

2. What best describes Hildy's state of mind at the end of Act 2, Part1?

3. In Act 1, Part 2, what does Mrs. Schlosser throw when the reporters finally tell her the information she needs to know?

4. Who is the mayor looking for in Act 2, Part 2?

5. What does Murphy say the Sheriff and Mayor will get a lot of after the execution?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mollie react to the reporters and what does Murphy do to cause her to leave in Act 1, Part 4?

2. What does the way Williams escapes from jail reveal about the sheriff, and what is the sheriff's response to it in Act 2, Part 2 tell us about his character?

3. Why is Bensinger so protective of his desk and phone in Act 1, Part 1?

4. What is one example from Act 1, Part 2 of the way the authors are portraying reporters as selfish people with only one agenda?

5. How does Williams meet Hildy in Act 2, Part 4, and what does he explain to him about the police?

6. What is the one thing Burns says that gets Hildy to write the story in Act 2, Part 5, and what does it say about Hildy's character?

7. What are the mayor's orders to the sheriff about Williams at the end of Act 2, Part 3, and what influences them?

8. Who is waiting for Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 1, and what decision does he now have to make as a result of his actions?

9. How does the final scene between Peggy, Hildy, and Burns tie in with the theme of the entire play, in particular, how it relates to Hildy's decision?

10. What is the character of Woodenshoes like, and how is the interaction between him and the reporters significant in Act 1, Part 2?

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