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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. Who is Hildy waiting for in the press room at the end of Act 2, Part 1?
(a) The sheriff.
(b) Williams.
(c) Burns.
(d) The courier.

2. In Act 1, Part 4, how often does Mollie say she saw Williams between the shooting and the trial?
(a) Never.
(b) Only once.
(c) Three times.
(d) Two times.

3. Who do the reporters tell Hildy is trying to contact him in Act 1, Part 3?
(a) His fiancé.
(b) Burns.
(c) McCue.
(d) His brother.

4. According to Hildy in Act 2, Part 1, what did the psychiatrist do during Williams's examination?
(a) He left Williams alone in the room.
(b) He recreated the crime.
(c) He helped Williams escape.
(d) He angered Williams by asking certain questions.

5. What technique do the playwrights use to illustrate Hildy's character in Act 1, Part 3?
(a) Analogy of fire.
(b) Definition by contrast.
(c) The metaphor referred to in his speech.
(d) The use of money to represent character.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Murphy's version of how Williams escaped?

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

3. Where does Hildy want Peggy and Mrs. Grant to wait for him?

4. What do the reporters rudely suggest that Mollie is in Act 1, Part 4?

5. What story is McCue investigating at the end of Act 1, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is surprising about the way Burns reacts to being arrested in the beginning of Act 3, Part 3, and why do you think he reacts that way?

2. How does Hildy validate that he is leaving to the other reporters in Act 1, Part 3, and what is their reaction?

3. What theory does Woodenshoes have about Williams in the beginning of Act 2, Part 1?

4. What do the other reporters illustrate when they urge the sheriff to interrogate Hildy in the beginning of Act 3, Part 2, and how does it contrast with what Hildy is doing?

5. What does the beginning conversation between the mayor and the sheriff in Act 2, Part 3 reveal about the past and how it relates to the present situation?

6. What is the reaction of the reporters to the news of Hildy leaving in Act 1, Part 1, and what does it say about what Hildy and Burn's relationship may possibly be like at this point in the play?

7. 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?

8. What important fact do we learn by Murphy about the Mayor and the Sheriff in Act 1, Part 2?

9. Describe the press room in the beginning of The Front Page, and how it relates to the overall pace of the play in general.

10. What impression does Hildy make in relation to his general character at the beginning of Act 1, Part 3?

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