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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. As we learn in Act 1, Part 1, why is Bensinger protective of his desk?
(a) He recently got a new desk and phone.
(b) He doesn't like other reporters reading his files.
(c) He is hiding things in the desk drawers.
(d) He is obsessed with germs.

2. What is the loud noise heard outside of the press room in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) A car crash.
(b) The testing of the gallows.
(c) A burglary alarm.
(d) A police siren.

3. What does the sheriff say will never happen when the psychiatrist examines Williams?
(a) He will tell everyone that Williams should not be hung.
(b) He will find that Williams is not crazy.
(c) He will declare a mistrial.
(d) He will find that Williams is crazy.

4. What does Jennie ask the reporters at the end of Act 1, Part 3?
(a) If they are always this messy.
(b) If she should quit the company.
(c) If she is late.
(d) If she can clean up.

5. What kind of money does Hildy tell the reporters he will be making at his new job?
(a) Less money.
(b) The same money.
(c) No money.
(d) Good money.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who calls looking for Hildy in Act 1, Part 1?

2. As Hildy is introduced in Act 1, Part 3, what is a major difference between him and the other reporters?

3. How does the sheriff suggest to the reporters they can get more tickets to the hanging?

4. Who is Hildy waiting for in the press room at the end of Act 2, Part 1?

5. What is Peggy's reaction to the missing money in Act 2, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hildy's speech reveal about his feelings towards the newspaper business, and what event in Act 1, Part 3 somewhat contradicts it?

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

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

5. What is the general attitude of the reporters in Act 1, Part 1?

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

7. How does money play a subtle part in Peggy and Mrs. Grant's concerns that may differ with Hildy's at this point of the play in Act 2, Part 2?

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

9. What are some of the interesting things that we learn about the sheriff in Act 1, Part 4?

10. What major event happens at the end of Act 1, Part 4, and what surprising decision does it lead Hildy to make?

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