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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 pace does the play set during Act 1, Part 1, particularly where the dialogue is concerned?
(a) A slow pace with many conversations going on.
(b) A slow pace with very little conversation.
(c) A fast pace with many conversations going on.
(d) A fast pace with average conversation.

2. What rule do Schwartz and Murphy say that Mrs. Schlosser has broken at the beginning of Act 1, Part 2?
(a) Women are barred from the pressroom.
(b) All questions should be directed to their boss.
(c) A police escort is required to enter the pressroom.
(d) Only people with press tags are allowed in the pressroom.

3. Which one of the following is Bensinger reporting on in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) The evidence against Williams.
(b) The interview he had with Williams.
(c) Williams's previous criminal record.
(d) Williams's last meal.

4. What does Williams' escape from jail indicate for Hildy?
(a) That he won't be able to leave town because of the chase.
(b) That he is still a reporter.
(c) That he lied about the money he received.
(d) That he helped Williams escape.

5. What does the woman report to McCue, the reporter, at the beginning of Act 1, Part 1?
(a) A burglary.
(b) A peeping tom.
(c) A stolen car.
(d) A domestic disturbance.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the sheriff blame for Williams's escape in his conversation with the Mayor?

2. What is McCue's response to Hildy calling in Act 1, Part 2?

3. What does Louie think about Hildy quitting in Act 1, Part 2?

4. Who does McCue tell his editor accidentally shot a cleaning woman?

5. What does Hildy assure his girlfriend of in Act 1, Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What important document does the messenger bring in Act 2, Part 3, and how does the mayor choose to deal with it?

2. 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?

3. What request by the reporters is denied by the Sheriff in Act 1, Part 2, and how does the request itself depict their priorities?

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

5. What is the response to the fire alarm ringing by the reporters in Act 1, Part 1, and what does it say about their characters?

6. What is the similarity of the way Burns treats both Hildy and Williams in Act 2, Part 5?

7. What are the possible motives of Mollie's desperate act at the end of Act 2, Part 4, and what might they cause Hildy to think about at this point in the play?

8. What is the main point or reason for the argument between Peggy and Hildy at the end of Act 2, Part 5?

9. Who is Mollie and how is she treated by the reporters in the beginning of Act 1, Part 4?

10. What does the conversation between Hildy and Peggy at the beginning of Act 2, Part 2 bring to light, and how do they relate to Hildy's inner struggle?

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